Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ratings: syndies tick up and down

There were no big changes for syndie game shows in the August 1-7 week. We're just coasting along in reruns, waiting for the new eps next month. TV News Check has the so-so household ratings...

Family Feud 6.4 - down two ticks but still leads
Wheel of Fortune 5.4 - up a couple ticks from last week's season low
Jeopardy 5.2 - up a tick
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - flat
Millionaire 1.3 - flat

I've been a bore about this, but the comparison between Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune is ridiculously unfair. Feud gets to add up all the household ratings for as many as four runs each day. Wheel has to earn its entire rating from a single daily run.

These hour by hour ratings from Atlanta show the effect. Sure, it's only one market, though a large one (ninth in the U.S.) None of Feud's daily runs get more than a 2.0 household rating. In fact, Wheel clobbers Feud head-to-head at 7:00 PM, 5.0 to 1.4. It's the same story at 7:30 PM when Jeopardy wipes out Feud, 5.6 to 2.0.

But add up all of Feud's four daily runs, and suddenly its numbers look really big in the weekly reports.

GSN had its worst week in a while for August 8-14. (Hint: Winsanity isn't helping.) 383K/258K/378K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked 38th, 36th and 40th in the windows. These rankings show that it's not just that corrupt and boring sports show on NBC. GSN is slipping against other cable nets that have to compete with the Olympics.


  1. I think it's time to pull the plug on "Millionaire". They should have done so after Meredith left.

    1. I don't think Disney-ABC would end Millionaire after she left. They would definitely give a new guy a chance. I didn't mind Cedric as host. Some give him a bad rap, but he seemed relaxed and calm as host. Obviously this was the producers trying to find the next Steve Harvey, but it failed. Although I would have liked for Cedric to stay another year. He was way better than screaming Terry. Although I think that if they had picked Chris to replace Meredith, I think the ratings would have still been in the 2's.

  2. I think ratings were lower for the syndicated game shows because of the Summer Olympics. Now that the Olympics are over, I bet this week, ratings will rebound.