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.