this review from a pop culture site called Paste.
The reviewer is a diehard Dawson fan, which I am not. So Richard's absence naturally biases him against the new version. I might as well say this once and for all: Dawson was terrible on Match Game after he got the Family Feud gig. He was dour and sour and a royal pain in the butt of the front-and-center seat. The show improved a ton when he finally departed.
I'll admit the life-of-the-party Richard of his early Match Game years was great. But Dawson buried those memories under a mountain of scowls in his later seasons. I also disagree with the review's dump on Alec Baldwin in the new version. He's been surprisingly good as the host and ad-libs well, contrary to the review's assertions. And I can't buy Paste's tsk-tsk-ing dislike of the new show's off-color material, either.
The 1973-82 version was not designed for Victorian maidens. I watched an episode recently that featured a naked nun emerging from a birthday cake (not literally, just in the imagination of one of the celebs). If you don't like naughty jokes, neither the old nor the new Match Game is for you.
UPDATE: Every opinion is different. This guy likes Baldwin and dumps on Michael Strahan. The ratings suggest otherwise. 100K Pyramid has well outperformed Match Game. The reviewer also swoons over Rosie O'Donnell, which is a pretty good clue to his politics.
That's the problem with Rosie. She's polarizing to the max. I think Match Game made a mistake by featuring her so big on the first two eps. Turned off a lot of viewers who can't stand her, as the Nielsen news indicates.