Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ratings: syndies mostly fall

The week of March 7-13 was a forgettable one for syndie game shows. Every show except one slid in the ratings from the previous week. TV News Check says it was the post-sweeps blues. Whatever the reason, the household ratings were glum...

Wheel of Fortune 7.0 - up a tick in the one bit of good news
Family Feud 6.6 - down four ticks
Jeopardy 6.5 - down a tick
Millionaire 1.3 - down a tick, look familiar?
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - down a tick

Pat and Vanna took back the number one slot in the household ratings. Which is impressive for the obvious reason that they play with the ratings deck (or wheel) stacked against them.

I wonder what Wheel's numbers would look like if Sony allowed last year's eps to run in a weekday slot, similar to the other game shows. The show's weekend repeat usually gets a two or three household number. All those extra viewers every day might put Wheel into nine or ten territory in the household ratings, which is just great nowadays. And the extra run would give a nice plus to the demos, especially the almighty W25-54 numbers. But Sony guards the family jewel zealously.

GSN had a good week for March 14-20 but cooled off a little from the previous week. 426K/316K/452K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked 38th, 32nd and 35th in the windows. By the way, Douglas Pucci tells me that a well-worn rerun of Chain Reaction at 8:00 PM on March 18 got 502K total viewers and 103K viewers in the Sacred Demo of 18-49. Will the new shows announced at GSN's upfront do nearly as well? Especially in reruns, if they have any rerun value at all? We'll see.

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