Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ratings: Wheel hits multi-year low

TV News Check seems to delight in Wheel of Fortune's recent ratings woes. The site notes that Pat and Vanna hit a nearly four-year low for the week of July 25-31. If it's any consolation, Steve didn't have his best week, either. And Wheel could always get back to the top slot simply by adding another daily run and its probable two or three household rating. Anyway, all the numbers...

Family Feud 6.6 - down four ticks, could have been better and of course this is the sum of many daily runs
Wheel of Fortune 5.2 - down a tick for its one and only daily run
Jeopardy 5.1 - actually up a tick, yay!
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - up a tick and back to its seemingly inevitable rating
Millionaire 1.2 - flat

Reruns of ABC's Sunday night game show block still drew an average of over three million viewers despite competition from that sporting event run by one of the world's most corrupt organizations. Not bad.

GSN didn't have its best week for August 1-7. 421K/285K/415K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked 38th, 33rd and 36th in the windows.


  1. The solution to WOF is not a second run! The problem is simple: They need to stop sucking! Curbstomp round 1 games along with over 100 times of 33k being hit(win or lost) makes for a dull show. Not to mention a change in host might help too

  2. The solution to Wheel getting back the number one slot in the weekly syndie ratings is definitely a second daily run. That would get the show back to #1 in no time.

    I'm not holding my breath on it, though.

  3. Casey, I WANT THE UPDATED PDFs FOR AUGUST 22-28 NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. If I had to make one change in the current format, it would be to get rid of the prize puzzle. I don't have exact #s, but I'm thinking the contestant who solves finishes first at least 90% of the time. If they are locked in to keeping it, maybe mix it up with something aside from a trip. Something in the $3-4k price range like a TV, furniture, etc. would be nice and not 'give' the game to the one who solves.