Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ratings: syndies get happy after that corrupt and boring sports show

When the Olympics are away, syndie games shows will play. All the shows bounced back nicely in the week of August 22-28. We should get further gains in September with the new seasons. TV News Check brings the pleasant household ratings...

Family Feud 6.6 - up a half-dozen ticks when you add up the zillion daily runs
Wheel of Fortune 5.7 - up five ticks for its lonely daily run
Jeopardy 5.2 - up three ticks
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - up a couple ticks to its customary number
Millionaire 1.2 - up a tick but still in the basement

Spike's Tracks fetched putrid ratings for its debut, and now (surprise, surprise) I can't find the show anywhere on the upcoming schedule. In fact, I can't find any evidence on Spike's web site that the show ever existed. Who knows when (or if) it will return.

GSN's numbers perked up a bit for the week of August 29-September 4. 473K/291K/449K viewers prime time/total day/extended prime time. The network ranked  36th, 33rd and 36th in the windows.


  1. Casey, is GSN being rebranded in the future? That's what Scott Rahner claimed back in 2015.

  2. Got me. Unlike some bloggers, I don't claim to have sources at GSN beyond the advance schedules, which are public information distributed to a long mailing list.

  3. Tracks was actually a decent show if you're a music/pop culture fan. The negatives were the limited amount of music(compared to Name That Tune and similar shows) and the poor handling of crowning the champ. Round 1 was worth $5k and round 2 paid $10k. After round 2 the high score went to the bonus round. So why play round 1??? Personally I'd like Rock Jeopardy back.

    1. The reason to play round 1 was obviously to give a team a chance to win fifteen grand in the front game instead of just ten grand. I didn't think this was much a drawback at all.

      The real problem was that anybody outside a pretty narrow age group probably didn't have much idea about the music. They did mix in Stevie Wonder's Superstition for viewers over forty, but otherwise the show was clearly pitched at a very narrow (and young) demo. And that young demo is generally the one least interested in traditional studio-based game shows.

      It's no wonder that total viewer numbers were way down from Spike's usual averages.

  4. Casey, I WANT THE PDFs FOR SEPTEMBER 19-25 NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Casey Abell, I WANT THE SOAP OPERA RATINGS FROM LAST WEEK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!