Thursday, January 23, 2014

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #44

Tonight's article will be highlighting some of the latest game show news and updates and reviewing some news headlines already featured on The Blog Is Right Facebook page this week in 200 characters or less from the set date for Jeopardy's upcoming historic tournament of all-time champions to season renewals. All ratings for syndicated game shows are from the week of January 12.

Jeopardy’s “Battle of The Decades” tournament will begin on Monday, February 3. Forty-five (45) of the best champions from the 80s, 90s and 2000s will be competing for a $1 million grand prize.

Wipeout has been renewed for a seventh season and will premiere this summer. This season, each winner will be invited back for a special "Tournament of Champions” at the end of the season.

After receiving positive reception from its “Halloween Special” premiere episode, ITV2’s Release The Hounds has been commissioned for a full six-episode series. Production will begin this Spring.

GSN will officially end its first season of Minute To Win It by airing ten “never-before-seen” episodes beginning February 25 at 8:00pm EST. Each new episode will air every Tuesday night at 8:00pm. 

Because I missed last Friday’s “First Look” episode of Disney Channel’s Win, Lose or Draw, I will hold off on my review of the show until it receives a permanent time slot for its first season.

The return of Win, Lose or Draw drew in 2.8 million total viewers. The show ranked #1 in its time slot among Kids 2-11 (1.5 mil./3.8), Kids 6-11 (1.2 mil./5.1) and Tweens 9-14 (1.3 mil./5.5).

The 8pm episode of Monday’s Hollywood Game Night set a new series record in total viewers (4.72 million) while the 9pm show set a new ratings record for the series in Adults 18-49 (1.5 rating).

Syndie Season Highs: Veteran game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! received an 18% boost in their ratings, bringing them up to season-high totals of 8.0 and 7.3, respectively. 

Millionaire saw a new season-high total of 2.4 (highest ratings in one year) and Family Feud saw a 5% boost to a 5.8, the show’s best ratings since the inception of the Nielsen People Meters in 1988.

Sources: Broadcasting & Cable, AceShowBiz, Deadline London, TV By The Numbers, The Futon Critic

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