Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ratings: it's tight at the syndie top

All of one tenth of one rating point divided the top three syndie game shows for the week of October 12-18. TV News Check posts the photo finish in the household ratings...

Wheel of Fortune 6.2 - down a couple ticks to help create the logjam
Jeopardy 6.2 - up a tick as Matt Jackson ended his run
Family Feud 6.1 - up a tick
Millionaire 1.2 - flat
Celebrity Name Game 1.1 - flat, it's lonely at the bottom

TV by the Numbers says that Pat and Vanna led all syndies in viewers. Wheel of Fortune 10.0M, Jeopardy 9.7M, Family Feud 8.8M (weekend repeat 3.0M). The Sacred Demo ratings for the shows were 1.2, 1.3 and 1.8, respectively.

FABLife, the Tyra Banks talker that bumped Millionaire into some obscure time slots, is doing lousy numbers. The NY Post has the grim news. The show is getting a 0.7 household rating, which makes Millionaire look like a Nielsen behemoth. Sooner or later TV execs will realize that talk shows have glutted the market.

Nielsen says "October" means September 28-October 25. We all look at the months differently. However you define it, October was a good month for GSN. 402K/316K/431K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked 40th, 30th and 35th in the windows.


  1. Fablife apparently gets younger demos, moreso than game shows like Millionaire.

    1. What's really important, demos or the overall numbers? If a show does terrible like Fablife, that makes Millionaire look good.

      Years ago nobody really gave much thought to demos, that's why shows used to last longer than some of the shows now. It's amusing really.

    2. I'll add that I was kind of ticked when I first saw FABlife in Millionaires time slot here. I understood, but I was like "Tyra's back on daytime TV? Uh oh."

      I recorded the season premiere of Millionaire but that was it. I didn't feel like recording it on a regular basis. I liked the format better than the shuffle format.

    3. FABLife gets so few viewers that the demo numbers are teensy-weensy, too. As the NY Post points out, if the numbers don't improve, FABLife will be a one-season wonder.

    4. I think those are your typical Tyra Banks fans, teenagers or teen girls perhaps.

    5. I do want to add Tyra is 41 too, it's not like she's 25 again.