Thursday, September 7, 2017

Gaming the numbers

TV Series Finale, a site that tracks ratings and tries to predict whether shows will survive in the Nielsen jungle, has posted their analysis for the fifth season of Hollywood Game Night.

All in all, the news could be worse. The site reckons that the show averaged 4.1M viewers and a 0.95 18-49 rating. That's pretty close to the numbers for the fourth season, which obviously got Jane Lynch and company a renewal. Could Hollywood Game Night somehow endure to a sixth season? All that TV Series Finale says is "stay tuned."

All right, I'll stay tuned for any renewal or cancellation announcements. Hollywood Game Night no doubt benefited from the America's Got Talent lead-in, but the numbers are certainly respectable for broadcast summer fare nowadays. And the show offers our little genre's low production costs.

GSN tried reruns of Hollywood Game Night, but the show bombed and disappeared in a hurry. I don't mind Jane and friends playing their goofy games, though the pop culture obsession gets old. A sixth season wouldn't be the worst thing that ever happened in TV history.

13 comments:

  1. GSN is STILL running HGN- on Tues at 8 & 9 pm.It is also still active, at the web site. NBC wouldn't even renew it,if there was no syndication value on it. Just because you don't like it,don't pull a FOX News & start outright lying to your audience.

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    1. Fox News doesn't lie to their audience. You're thinking of all other news outlets.

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    2. EPG, stop watching Fox News. It's unhealthy for you.

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  2. You're the one who's lying. Check GSN's online schedule. Tuesday at 8:00 PM is Family Feud. At 9:00 PM it's Family Feud and Divided...

    https://www.gsntv.com/schedule/

    Just because you're obnoxious doesn't mean you can post on my blog and accuse me of lying for no reason.

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  3. By the way, the times I gave are Central. But Hollywood Game Night is nowhere on the GSN schedule for Tuesday or any other day.

    And just to rub it in, Fox News was the number one cable network in prime time and total day last week. Hope that makes you angry...

    http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/cable-network-ranker-august-28/340465

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  4. Maybe the GSN crowd didn't like Jane and Friends. Although it's kind of disappointing that GSN can't find a hit that doesn't have Steve Harvey's name on it. This is when I would suggest they acquire recent TPIR or LMAD to help, but that'll never happen.

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  5. Any word on The Gong Show? They've done some repeats, which I interpreted as a positive sign. It turned out to be, as Tommy Maitland said, just for funsies.

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    1. As the New York Post commented, the silence from ABC on Gong Show's fate is deafening. The ratings have been marginal at best, and ABC execs might figure they've already got enough game show revivals.

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  6. It may be that mike Myers and will Arnett have to cut costs for the show to make round two.

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  7. I didn't notice until the other night that they do a brief slide at the end of the show, acknowledging Chuck Barris. Impressive.

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  8. Thanks 2001! With all the near monthly retractions & sexual assault lawsuits, Fox News is just Republican propaganda,EPG.

    To Pretentious Casey, I will (unlike you) go so far, as to say I was mistaken. The recent On Demand GSN shows continue to air HGN ads (till the end of August '17) & GSN's website still has the old time slot up.
    I was not trying to call you liar,just reminding others that Fox News usual does. Still, an 80 year old (?) shouldn't call others Obnoxious, over a misunderstanding. Adweek also said,

    Fox News...."though it posted -1 percent audience loss versus the same week last year (Aug. 29, 2016).

    Fox News managed to defeat its cable news rivals across multiple dayparts in total viewers as well as in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo, but wasn’t able to post as much year-over-year audience growth as MSNBC (+49 percent in prime time / +46 percent in total day) or CNN (+19 percent in prime time / +30 percent in total day).

    MSNBC finished close to Fox News in the race for who can get the most total prime time viewers across basic cable. It was the second-most-watched basic cable network of the week. MSNBC also managed to edge CNN in total day viewers, though CNN’s 4th place finish across basic cable isn’t too shabby."

    Also, I'll never be mad, when MSNBC's youth crowd is so close to defeating Fox, as its "old folks home" audience, swiftly dies away to ultimately lose first place, like Wheel did. Multiple Repeats of Feud can only be used, as an excuse for so long.

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  9. "I was not trying to call you [a] liar."

    That's a joke. Your original comment accused me of "outright lying." As for the rest of your second comment, you actually think MSNBC has a "youth audience"? That's another joke. MSNBC's median viewer age is sixty-three. All the news channels skew extremely old, with median viewer ages in the sixties for total day.

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    1. I'm pretty sure all the cable news channels (CNN,MSNBC,Fox News) all skew old. O Reilly before he got canned was the most watched news show on cable, but its audience skewed more old. News shows are like game shows when it comes to demos.

      Admittedly, I do get a little irritated about the whole Feud vs Wheel comparison, but at the same time Casey has a point. Feud has 4+ runs while Wheel has 1. The only reason Feud is now #1 is because of the runs.

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