Friday, August 11, 2017

A summer shower of renewals

As a faux tweet noted, Love Connection has connected for a second season at Fox.

The show joins a bunch of recent renewals at the broadcast networks in our little genre. Celebrity Family Feud, 100K Pyramid, Match Game and Beat Shazam have also earned another round of eps. I'm happy that there's a little juice left in traditional game shows on the broadcasters. Candy Crush looks doomed at CBS, but you can't win them all.

It's not like these game shows are pulling huge audiences. Steve Harvey does best with Feud, which got 6.0M viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating for its latest run. The ratings fall away for the other shows, but this is the world of a zillion channels. The linked Variety story says Love Connection's average numbers - 2.6M viewers and a 0.8 18-49 rating - make the show a "solid summer performer." By today's low standards of broadcast ratings, that's probably true.

Love Connection is a passable reboot of the Chuck Woolery chestnut. There's the usual titter and tatter about dating hijinks, which is what the format has always been about. Congrats on the second season.


  1. Well, Casey, it appears GSN pulled away from the schedule for $25K Pyramid yet again. Look what they've got for 8/24 and 8/25.

  2. I don't know what you mean by "pulling away from the schedule." If you mean that GSN isn't running 25K Pyramid eps in the exact original order that they were broadcast, who cares...except a few fanatical purists.

    There's no law that GSN has to run oldies in their exact broadcast order. In fact, there's no law that GSN has to run oldies at all. Just enjoy the old shows in any order.