Friday, April 22, 2016

Idiots

I was going to watch a rerun of Political Idiotest and review it. But then I noticed that 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.

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  1. Besides, I heard it was boring. No money was given out and was basically just a late night segment. I like Idiotest, but that was awful.

    I think Chase and CR were canceled because it skewed "old". Stupid, but sadly the way of TV life.

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  2. Both The Chase and Chain Reaction regularly got more than respectable viewer numbers in 18-49. 100K+ viewers in the Sacred Demo, which is an awful lot better than this Political Idiotest disaster got.

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  3. "Besides, I heard it was boring. No money was given out and was basically just a late night segment. I like Idiotest, but that was awful."

    While I will admit I did not catch a second of Political Idiotest and likely never will, I think it was simply the timeslot that hurt Political Idiotest. Both the late timeslot and a lead-in (Skin Wars) that has been tested does not mix in with studio-based game shows.

    I don't think you can blame poor Political Idiotest ratings on the content like you say. Political Idiotest was never reviewed nor were any previews ever displayed.

    If Political Idiotest had 5 episodes, started out with a poor review of the premiere episode then ratings tank (even more), then you could say that.

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  4. The numbers for Political Idiotest were downright bad. It got about half of GSN's recent total day average. That's a rotten number at just about any time of day. And 11:00 PM is hardly the worst timeslot on the schedule.

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    1. "And 11:00 PM is hardly the worst timeslot on the schedule."

      It's late-ish in both Eastern and Central time zones, especially for a new original.

      At GameShowNetworkNews, following this week's ratings, I proposed that Idiotest and Skin Wars should air new runs in the 9pm ET timeslot on the current nights, especially now with Harvey Feud at 8pm and 8:30pm each weeknight (as lead-in) starting this Monday.

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    2. GSN isn't going to hurt the prime time averages with Idiotest and Skin Wars. Political Idiotest did enough damage to the total day averages.

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    3. Doesn't your television provider have game shows provided to you geared to your time zone?

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    4. Doesn't your television provider have game shows provided to you geared to your time zone?

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  5. I just learned about the Chase getting cancelled. Is the same true about Chain Reaction? I just looked at its Wikipedia page and it said (paraphrasing: "July 2015 to present".

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around why the Chase for canned. I liked it, it was pretty popular.

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    1. The Chase and Chain Reaction continued to be presumed cancelled. Neither had a drop of mention at the March 8th upfronts while Skin Wars, Hellevator, Idiotest, Winsanity and other planned 2016-17 programming did.

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    2. BTW, due to reasons in my personal life right now, I won't be posting at Game Show Network News for a while. It's mostly school related, seeing how we are near the end of the year, but I want to focus on that. I'll be back in a week or so.

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    3. If the new stuff keeps bombing, you might see The Chase and Chain Reaction return sooner rather than later. I've got a feeling that Winsanity is going to be another turkey. We'll see.

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  6. This will be a GSN The Know 3rd period rant on why it flopped.

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  7. As others have mentioned, Idiotest is my favorite new program on GSN (now that the Chase is gone) but Political Idiotest was horrid. The tests were so convoluted they would never work on regular Idiotest and the awarding of "money" is reminiscent of the awarding of points on Who's Line is It Anyway.

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  8. I like Idiotest, though Gleib gets too obnoxious sometimes, and and I also like Hellevator, though the show should emphasize humor and gameplay instead of fake blood, icky bugs, and tedious backstories.

    But I'm more of a fan of The Chase, which is arguably the best original GSN has ever programmed, and Chain Reaction, which is also excellent and solved all the problems of GSN's first attempt at the format.

    What I really don't understand, though, is why GSN got rid of the two high-rated shows in favor of the two low-rated shows. Yeah, I know about demos. But Idiotest and Hellevator often get such small audiences that they don't get many viewers in the Sacred Demo.

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    1. "But Idiotest and Hellevator often get such small audiences that they don't get many viewers in the Sacred Demo."

      GSN focuses most on median age. In their upfronts presentation, they said the main reason they are bringing Hellevator back is because it was their youngest skewing show ever.

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    2. You can only play that game so long. "The show gets two viewers but one of them is 18, so our median age is real young." After a very short while, advertisers want to see real people in the audiences. That's why GSN is loading up the prime time schedule with the not particularly young-skewing Harvey Feud. At least that show produces impressive viewer numbers.

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