Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ratings: syndies enjoy the weather

The blizzard rolled into the east coast and syndie game shows rolled to big gains for the week of January 18-24. All the shows hit or tied season highs. Steve set a series high. TV News Check has all the gladsome household ratings...

Wheel of Fortune 7.8 - up five ticks
Family Feud 7.5 - also up five ticks
Jeopardy 7.2 - up six ticks, just to outdo the other shows
Millionaire 1.5 - up a tick, that renewal is looking more justified
Celebrity Name Game 1.5 - up a tick, of course

Millionaire likes to put out press releases touting its ratings, at least for the good weeks. This release talks up Chris Harrison's new highs in total viewers (2.14 million) and various demos (0.7 in W25-54, in particular). Sure, in the latest week the show got a lot of help from the weather. But Millionaire has survived a bunch of nasty timeslot downgrades to post decent ratings by current syndie standards.

GSN did nice numbers for January. 469K/362K/493K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked 37th, 30th and 36th in the windows.

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