Friday, October 2, 2015
Speaking of Variety, the showbiz rag noted dourly that 500 Questions "only" averaged a 1.05 18-49 rating. First, that's hardly a terrible number for summer fare in these times of a splintered TV audience. Second, the quizzer got close to five million viewers for each ep, right in the same neighborhood as the often renewed Hollywood Game Night. True, 500 Questions skews a little older than the Hollywood hijinks. But maybe TV and ad execs are finding out that older people spend money. We generally do have more money to spend, you know.
Which leaves To Tell the Truth, the Anthony Anderson hosted rewind that's supposed to show up on ABC sooner or later. The network brought in Betty White to add some instant game show cred to the project, along with NeNe Leakes for the messy reality crowd. Anderson's Black-ish has performed decently for the network. We'll see if he can shepherd a third traditional game show to an ABC renewal.
Sadly, all the game shows on Fox this summer look like one-and-done. Can't win (or renew) them all.