Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ratings: syndies wobble compared to last November

It's the end of November sweeps, and TV News Check does their usual comparison to last year. Syndie game shows generally gave up a little ground, except for a big Millionaire decline. The household ratings and the change from 2014...

Wheel of Fortune 7.0 - down three ticks from last November
Jeopardy 6.5 - down four ticks
Family Feud 6.4 - up a couple ticks
Millionaire 1.3 - down six ticks as worse time slots take their toll
Celebrity Name Game 1.2 - down a tick

Despite the decline from last year Pat and Vanna still took second place among all syndies behind only the obnoxious judge. Alex and Steve took the number three and four spots in all syndication. Things could have been worse.

TV Newser reports that for the November 30-December 6 week GSN got pretty much its usual numbers lately. 356K/308K/393K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network did rank a little higher than usual, 41st, 28th and 38th in the windows.


  1. Steve Harvey's talk show might not be renewed for next season, despite getting a 1.8 rating overall, it's getting a 0.8 in 25-54 women demographic, as per a post on Game SHow FOrum linking to a Broadcasting and Cable article. NBC Universal syndicates the Steve Harvey talk show as well as Meredith Vieira talk show. Meredith's show is probably not getting renewed, as per that aricle. Steve is staying with Feud through 2021 at least, according to that article. Whether Meredith would get called back to replace Chris Harrison on WWTBAM if it gets another season is unknown.

  2. This just looks like a minor salary dispute with Harvey. Nothing much here, the talk show will almost certainly continue.

    1. Zack: The Steve Harvey talk show thing looks mostly minor. I will look post it. My money is on Steve Harvey will keep his talk show on the air past 2017. Interesting how Steve is locked into Family Feud through 2021 now. I thought there was a 5 year contract starting in 2015 through 2020. Long live Harvey Feud.

      I highly doubt a Meredith/Millionaire thing would work out. If I recall correctly, Millionaire started at a 1.1 earlier this season and is now up to a 1.3 for its grim timeslots and stations. Chris is not doing too terribly, all things considered.

      What I actually came here to post before reading Zack's comment: Is it just me or is our dramatic rise for Family Feud year to year coming to end? Usually in the November sweeps since November 2011, Family Feud has been up several-tenths of a point each year, not just a couple. The biggest rise came from November 2011 to November 2012, due to the major timeslot upgrades and HD promotion. I think we are officially coming to an end of Feud's rise era.

      CNG is a true toss up for renewal. I would really like to see Craig get another season.

    2. If CNG hangs on like it has been doing, it should be fine. Harvey just wants more money to do the talk show. Once he gets it, NBCUniversal will renew it. Meredith Vieira's talk show hasn't done well lately and looks like it will be gone after this season. I doubt Meredith would want to return to Millionaire, and it might be too late now since it looks like this is their last stand. For Feud's ratings, compared to this time last year, Feud rose a couple of ticks while the others were down, the biggest being Millionaire.

  3. A 1.0 rating now is enough for a renewal for the syndication world? Wouldn't have happened 20 years ago.

  4. A lot of syndie talk shows get by on one ratings, but they generally skew a little younger than game shows. Millionaire and Celebrity Name Game might be right on the bubble. The top three game shows are obviously safe.

  5. I can't believe FABlife is still on where Millionaire used to be on in most markets.