hardly anybody bothered to watch the show's debut.
The special got 176K viewers, godawful by GSN standards, and a 0.05 18-49 rating, very so-so by GSN standards. So just which idiots thought this thing was a good idea? The same idiots who didn't want to tape new eps of Chain Reaction and The Chase, which have both produced far better viewer numbers and demos...in reruns.
The debut of Skin Wars also got lukewarm numbers at best, despite endless promotion. But it's not a game show so I don't care. Maybe I just don't get what GSN is trying to do with its schedule lately. The idea seems to be to get rid of high-rated shows - except Harvey Feud because something has to sell the network to advertisers - and instead put on low-rated shows. The Chase and Chain Reaction get the heave-ho, with viewer numbers in the 500K or 600K range. Idiotest and Hellevator get renewals, with viewer numbers in the 100K or 200K range. Shrewd, no?
GSN has been riding a ratings high, as the network's execs (justifiably) bragged at the upfront. But good Nielsen news doesn't last forever. It's only as reliable as your latest shows. Maybe GSN should think twice about getting rid of proven performers in favor of stuff which turns in far worse numbers.