Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ratings: top three syndies inch ahead

The week of December 14-20 didn't see big changes in the household ratings for syndie game shows. But the rich got a little richer as the top three added a smidgen here and there. TV News Check has all the numbers...

Wheel of Fortune 7.1 - up a tick and second among all syndies to only the obnoxious judge
Family Feud 6.5 - up a tick to stay just ahead of Alex
Jeopardy 6.4 - up a tick
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - flat but celebrating its second week out of the game show cellar
Millionaire 1.2 - flat

TV by the Numbers is too lazy to post total viewer numbers for syndies any more. But they do have women 25-54 ratings, for everybody who's got to know about narrow demo niches. The top three game shows all did fine in the demo, landing in the top nine among syndies overall. Family Feud 3.5, Wheel of Fortune 2.2, Jeopardy 1.9.

Meanwhile, Soap Opera Network ground through all the gory details of demo ratings for daytime broadcast network shows, including The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal. I'll spare you most of the minutiae. But TPiR and LMAD averaged 5.2M and 3.4M total viewers for the week of December 7-11.

And as previously noted in an update, GSN did great in 2015. Best year ever, in fact.


  1. Casey, thanks for noticing GSN averages, but how do you know 2015 was the best year ever?

  2. 2015 had to be the most watched year ever for GSN. The network put out a bunch of press releases about how lots of months and quarters in 2015 were the most watched ever. And the 2015 numbers were way ahead of the 2014 averages. 413K/322K prime time/total day in 2015 vs. 348K/271K in 2014.

    I also checked the cable rankers for 2011, 2012 and 2013 on TV Newser, and GSN's 2015 numbers were way ahead of those years, too. In fact, GSN never got close to 400K in prime time before for a full year, or 300K in total day.

    I expect a press release from GSN in the next few days talking up the 2015 numbers. In fact, on their corporate site the network is already bragging that "GSN is on track for its most-watched year ever"...