Monday, April 11, 2016

That's the ball game

A rumor bouncing around the game show Interwebs says that Crackle is sending Sports Jeopardy to the showers after this season, the show's second. The rumor apparently originated with an April 6 podcast by Stu Shostak. I haven't been able to listen to the podcast in question. You have to pay for it, which I don't want to do. (Yeah, it's only 99 cents. I'm cheap.)

Frankly, the axing wouldn't surprise me. When Crackle announced its shows for the 2015-16 season, Sports Jeopardy was dead last on the list. The dead last slot is often the dead slot. It's the "we're renewing it but we ain't crazy about it" slot. Sports generally skew male and young, which is not the usual demo target for a traditional game show.

I watched a few eps of Sports Jeopardy and posted a mostly positive review. But the narrow subject matter was always a risk. Would the old-skewing, female-skewing audience for traditional gamers really watch a bunch of answers and questions about ice hockey and hoops and retired jocks? Would that audience even find a show on an Internet streaming service in the first place?

The first few weeks produced encouraging numbers, but I guess Sports Jeopardy ran out of steam...assuming the rumor of its death is not greatly exaggerated.

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