Monday, December 7, 2015
The latest theory blames GSN. Which is not surprising, because GSN is a favorite bogeyman on the oldies board to end all oldies boards. The network runs game shows that are less than thirty years old, after all. A poster speculates that GSN threatened Fremantle with a lawsuit (?) if they gave Buzzr more than 50 eps or so of any show.
Even on Game Show Forum this theory gets some "huhs?" GSN is an established cable net that averages three hundred thousand viewers throughout the day and close to four hundred thousand in prime time. Buzzr is a dinky diginet that averages 39 Internet hardcores for its programming. It's pretty hilarious to think that GSN would even care about how many eps of forty-year-old game shows appear on Buzzr.
Even while that conspiracy theory gets knocked down, another theory surfaces. GSN will supposedly drop all their Fremantle leases if and when Buzzr gets any traction as a competitor. Uh, no. You will have to pry the Harvey Feud lease from GSN's cold, clammy hands. But at least the oldies board can get happy thinking that GSN might start leasing tons of old stuff from other rights holders. Good luck on that scenario.
One poster reluctantly applies the term "rerun abuse" to Buzzr. Them's fightin' words on a board that usually lauds the diginet while trashing GSN. Meanwhile, Buzzr is apparently planning a holiday stunt with Betty White (see the screenshot). Maybe a marathon of her game show eps hosted by the lady herself?
averaging 580K viewers in prime time season to date. Certainly a decent number compared to a lot of cable nets, including GSN. MeTV does skew old with only 90K 18-49 prime time viewers, but you would expect that with their programming. A couple other diginets, Bounce and Cozi, average 290K and 150K viewers in prime time.
Of course, these are widely distributed general interest subchannels with sitcoms and dramas. A sparsely distributed niche diginet like Buzzr can only dream about these kinds of numbers.
UPDATED UPDATE: Buzzr sends out a press release with details of the Betty White holiday special. Her game show eps will be featured starting December 14, leading up to an all-day marathon on Christmas.