Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ratings: syndies get happy with no Olympics

This week I'll use the ratings from TV by the Numbers. The site offers household and viewer numbers for all four syndie game shows, thanks to their top 25 list and a press release from Millionaire. Without competition from the Olympics, the shows all gained ground, and sometimes a lot of ground. The household ratings for the week of February 24-March 2:

Wheel of Fortune 7.5 - up a very nice five ticks
Jeopardy 7.1 - up an almost as nice four ticks
Family Feud 5.9 - up a couple ticks, so Steve joins in the fun
Millionare 2.3 - up a couple ticks even for last-place Cedric

Guess what. Pat and Vanna led all of syndication in total viewers. Why, that hasn't happened since...the previous week. The viewer averages: Wheel of Fortune 11.8 million (weekend repeat 5.1 million), Jeopardy 11.1 million (weekend repeat 3.7 million), Family Feud 8.8 million, Millionaire 3.1 million. I know I've been hard on perennial bottom-dweller Cedric. But he has kept the ratings halfway decent for Millionaire.

TV Newser reports fairly typical numbers for GSN in the week of March 3-9. 357K/277K viewer averages prime time/total day. The network ranked 44th and 37th in the windows. Certainly okay by GSN's historical standards, but the network could use a little help in prime time.


  1. Any word if Cedric has good enough ratings to be renewed?

  2. I heard he was signed for three years, so I assume the show is coming back. The numbers are certainly good enough for renewal.

    1. Wow, that's a good contract. Most of the "talk show hosts" are only getting a year at a time, save for Katie and Steve(TALK SHOW NOT FEUD) who had 2 year contracts. I just hope Disney/ABC isn't disappointed that they haven't hit 5.0 or better like his buddy over there at the Feud

    2. This was a typical story about his contract. As always, I have no way of knowing if it's true...