Saturday, March 29, 2014

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #49

Today's article will be highlighting some of the latest game show news this week in 200 characters or less from game show ratings to a new host named to take the helm of an upcoming Nickelodeon game show. All ratings for syndicated game shows are from the week ending March 16.

Carlos PenaVega has been tapped to host the new Nickelodeon gameshow, Webheads, produced by Ryan Seacrest. The network has ordered 40 half-hour episodes to premiere in the summer.

This Sunday will officially mark the 50th anniversary of the long-running game show Jeopardy! The series began on March 30, 1964 on NBC in the daytime and was hosted by Art Fleming. 

The opening round of Jeopardy’s Battle of The Decades will come to a close after next week as the champion contenders from the 2000s bracket will compete next week beginning March 31st.

Last week’s new episodes of Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw (aired at 5:00pm ET) drew a weekday average of 1.18 million viewers. The show scored its highest ratings on a Tuesday night rerun (1.59 mil). has recently published an article listing and asking its readers to try their hand at solving the 15 “hardest puzzles in Wheel of Fortune history”. 

Alex Trebek recently guest starred in an episode of TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland. Check out a clip of the episode on TV Land’s YouTube page

TBS’s Deal With It brought in 1.57 million viewers Wednesday night and managed to barely rank among 25 highest rated shows viewed by the key Adults 18-49 demo at #23.

Last Sunday’s new episode of Family Game Night attracted only 69,000 total viewers.

GSN Ratings: Last week's new episodes of Minute To Win It and Mind of a Man respectively averaged 409,000 and 321,000 total viewers.

Syndication shows in general, including game shows, suffered the previous week due to more viewers actively tuning into news networks covering the disappearance of
Malaysia Airline flight 370.

Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Family Feud and Millionaire all took a hit, losing 5% (6.9), 7% (6.6), 10% (5.2) and 8% (2.2) respectively. 

Sources: Broadcasting & Cable, Slate, Son of The Bronx, The Hollywood Reporter, TV Media Insights, TV By The Numbers

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