Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ratings: GSN gets happy with Steve

GSN's all Steve prime time is working very well, thank you.

Despite grumps and groans from a few dozen posters on the game show Interwebs, the real world still likes Mr. Harvey. In the February 19-25 week GSN's prime time average rose to its highest level in a while, despite competition every night from the old skewing Olympics.

The network scored 428K/282K viewers prime time/total day. GSN ranked 35th and 32nd in the windows. Our little game show network even got 107K prime time viewers in the 25-54 demo. Any number in triple digits is more than fine for the ancient skewing GSN. To nobody's surprise the network just sent out an unchanged pdf schedule for March 12-18.

Once Nielsen gets the syndie numbers together, I'll post them. TV News Check now has the household ratings for February 12-18, and there's some silliness going on. A lot of syndies retitled with "special" in their name. That way preemptions for the Olympics won't affect their season averages. Tricky, tricky.

Anyhoo, I won't stand for the silliness. The syndie game shows with the actual changes from the previous week...

Family Feud 6.5 - down seven ticks
Jeopardy 5.8 - down ten ticks, the winter games took a bite
Wheel of Fortune 5.7 - also down ten ticks, thanks to the bleeping Olympics
Millionaire 1.6 - down a couple ticks
Funny You Should Ask 0.5 - flat, not even the Olympics can budge it off the number


  1. The Winter Olympics isn't really that big of a competition. Sure it gave NBC easy victories every night, but it sunk apparently to new lows it hasn't seen. So much for those complaints about Steve being the "antichrist". Harvey is GSN's biggest attraction.

    1. I agree that sports competition is usually not a problem for GSN. The young male skew of most sports doesn't cut into GSN's old and female audience.

      But the Olympics are different. They got double-digit shares in 50+ every night. Sometimes the shares went as high as 20. And all the figure skating tilts the demos female, which again hits GSN where it lives.

      So the prime time numbers were impressive for GSN. I still think the network needs to find something else in prime besides Harvey Feud. (They've tried and tried.) I can't remember when one show had every prime time hour on the network.

    2. This is the first time I've ever seen a single show get all of primetime that I can remember.

      Thing is they've tried other things in primetime and those just haven't worked. Millionaire didn't last long, and of course putting old shows on was a bad idea from the start. Not sure what else could work.

  2. I can't really figure out what another show would work besides Harvey. Cash Cab perhaps?

  3. Where has the GSN original shows gone? I loved Idiotest and Divided. I even enjoyed Winsanity. Is GSN just the Family Feud network now? I love most game shows, but can no longer watch Family Feud. Is this a permanent change? Will Idiotest return? My husband and I are anxiously waiting. If they just continue with these lame old repeats, I'll just delete the channel from my line-up.