Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ratings: Steve edges to the top in reruns

The final week of reruns for the top three syndie game shows produced a close finish. Family Feud slipped ahead by one tenth of a point. Next week we'll get a look at the new season's first numbers. But for now TV News Check posts the household ratings for the week of September 7-13...

Family Feud 5.8 - up a tick
Wheel of Fortune 5.7 - down three ticks to fall just behind Steve
Jeopardy 5.5 - also down three ticks
Millionaire 1.6 - up a tick for Terry's final week
Celebrity Name Game 1.2 - up a tick in a welcome bit of good news

Some folks get annoyed when I remind everybody of the single vs. multiple run issue. But the issue is still there. Anyway, TV by the Numbers says that Pat and Vanna finished first among game shows in viewer average. Wheel of Fortune 9.0M, Family Feud 8.5M, Jeopardy 8.4M. Wheel was second only to the loud judge among all syndies.

TV Newser says that GSN slumped a bit for the week of September 14-20. Well, the broadcast competition is getting tougher as we go into the fall season. The numbers were still pretty good by the network's historical standards. 367K/279K/394K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. GSN ranked 42nd, 31st and 38th in the windows.

In possibly related news GSN is dumping the Man v. Fly interstitials. The insects sure weren't helping the prime time ratings.

8 comments:

  1. Last week's 1.1 for Celebrity Name Game was most likely a one time thing. As we get into the Fall months and on, CNG will probably tick up a little. I think it's a good show as I am rooting for higher ratings and future seasons. I'm also predicting them too ;)

    Last week's (September 14) Millionaire ratings are going to be interesting.

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    1. Yeah. Hopefully Mr. Harrison was able to get Millionaire out of a rut. As for Feud, I wonder if it will start off in the 6 digits. It has risen every year in its debut episodes. I noticed that CNG now has one new episode a day instead of two. Maybe they think that airing one new episode a day will do better in ratings than airing two. Minor thing though, still like the show.

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    2. I dunno about that 1.1 for CNG being a one-time thing. I'm afraid that the number will look pretty good compared to what CNG will get with its new downgraded timeslots this season. We'll see.

      By the way, CNG's new season didn't start until September 21. We won't get a look at those ratings for another couple weeks.

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  2. It'll be interesting to see what happens to Wheel's ratings. Especially considering the budget cuts that just occurred, especially this week.

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  3. Can you explain how the multi runs figure into the ratings...isn't the rating of a syndie series an average of all airings?

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    1. Nielsen used to publish the averages of all the daily runs, the so-called AA numbers. Now they publish GAA numbers, which are the cumulative totals of the ratings of all the daily runs. It makes a big difference for shows that have multiple runs each day. Nielsen made this change in 2010, and the immediate difference was quite noticeable.

      As long as people keep the difference in mind, they can adjust for the discrepancy between a multiple-run show like Feud and a single-run show like Wheel. But you have to remember the difference.

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    2. So does that mean FF is really doing poorly due to all the multi-runs?

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    3. No, Feud is doing very well. Steve Harvey has really improved the numbers. But people should keep in mind that he benefits from multiple runs while Pat and Vanna don't.

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