Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ratings: Steve hits a season high

I've often ranted and raved about the ridiculously unfair comparison between Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune in the weekly ratings. Steve gets to add up ratings for two or four (or even more) daily runs. Pat and Vanna have to generate all their numbers from one solitary run each day. But despite my rantings and ravings, Feud did hit a new season high in the week of October 24-30. TV News Check has all the household ratings...

Family Feud 6.8 - up three ticks to that new high
Wheel of Fortune 6.1 - up a tick and they usually beat Feud head-to-head, anyway
Jeopardy 5.7 - flat
Millionaire 1.6 - flat at its newly respectable level
Celebrity Name Game 1.3 - flat for the last 99 years

Mentioned in an update to a previous post that Wheel of Fortune is suffering on GSN in the death slot opposite The Price is Right. The network should probably move the show to a better time. In the first week that Wheel of Fortune ran on GSN, October 24-28, TPiR averaged 4.84M viewers in its first half-hour and 5.50M in its second half-hour. That's tough competition for any show on our little game show network.

Overall, GSN averaged 369K/252K viewers prime time/total day for the week of October 31-November 6. The network ranked 39th and 33rd in the windows. Up a little in prime time from the October numbers. Ending the Friday night fiasco helped the prime time average.

SLIGHTLY RELATED (TO GSN) UPDATE: Just got a reply from GSN about this blog no longer getting the advance schedules.

We were asked a few weeks ago to only send listings to actual listings services, like Gracenote and Rovi, so you ended up being cut, along with Scott at GSNN, which as you also noticed, has decided to end his blog. I’m hoping to figure out a workaround, but for now, that’s the situation.

Me again: I have no problem with this at all. GSN has the right to limit the distribution of the advance schedules any way they see fit. I appreciate their courtesy in sending me the schedules for many years. I know that a number of my readers have enjoyed following changes in the GSN lineup. The listing services will do a very good job, I'm sure, in tracking the GSN schedule in the future.


  1. THey probably can't air WOF past a certain time of day, say 3:30PM EST, as it would conflict with the current episodes. That's why we didn't see episodes of WOF and J! airing in primetime in Summer 2006 when they did their 50 Greatest Game Shows.

  2. i have a suggestion: probably take the newlywed game out of the Saturday schedule , take one of the harvey feud out of the Saturday schedule . could you do 11-12 the newlywed game and wheel at 12:00 , 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30? I don't want wheel to leave gsn because of this

    1. Umm..you do realize this is a fan's blog and that he has no ties to GSN to change anything?

  3. On the plus side, that idiot Michael Taylor will no longer demand schedules.