Monday, December 19, 2016
Up against the wall
The good news is that the rest of the show was better than she was. Sure, the basic idea is a blatant steal from The Price is Right's favorite pricing game. But NBC has souped up the gameplay with trivia questions, offers to bail out, multiple balls bouncing around the nooks and crannies, good balls that make money and bad balls that cost money, and heavy doses of impressive electronic whiz-bangery.
In the end things worked out just fine for our married friends, and they walked away with $1.3 million. I assume that NBC did not want a godawful wipeout in the sneak peek. But such wipeouts are certainly possible, which does add a nice edge to the proceedings.
Chris Hardwick hosted with enthusiasm, which kept him from being drowned out completely by the shrieking wife. The format built suspense right until the end, though we knew that the couple were either gonna win big or win really big. And that $1.3 million was really nice.
UPDATE: The show gets respectable numbers. 6.5M total viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Not spectacular but decent.