Thursday, April 6, 2017
GSN is certainly going big on the show. It gets the plum 9:00 PM prime time hour on weekdays and twelve hours per week in all. Cash Cab has already expanded to fifteen hours per week, so network execs must figure that their recent acquisitions are worth a lot of time.
Basically (or not so basically) GSN has to find another show to lessen the network's dependence on Steve Harvey's Family Feud. While Feud continues to get good numbers - if Douglas Pucci's occasional reports are any indication - the ratings have softened a little. Which you would expect after all those hours on the little game show network.
Cash Cab seems to be doing well, but I'm not so sure about Hollywood Game Night. It's a fun show but it wore out its welcome on NBC pretty quick. (Though the peacock net - Variety speak! - will burn off some remaining eps this summer.) The Hollywood gamers focused so obsessively on pop culture that I almost yearned for one of those obscure Jeopardy categories. We'll take nineteenth century European fiction for $400, Jane.
Still, the show should at least help freshen GSN's aged demos. In one other (rather odd) switch, GSN's reboot of Minute To Win It with Apolo Ohno will return to the schedule on April 10. Ohno was a tepid substitute for Guy Fieri, but his version wasn't a terrible remake.