Sunday, April 6, 2014

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #50

Today's article will be highlighting some of the latest game show news this week including some of the news headlines already featured on The Blog Is Right Facebook page in 200 characters or less from a "hypnotic" game show hitting the U.K. airwaves to a popular CBS game show hitting an incredible milestone tomorrow morning. All ratings for syndicated game shows are from the week ending March 23.

Old, But Relevant: David Letterman announced he will be retiring in 2015 during last week's show. 

The Price Is Right will celebrate its 8,000th show tomorrow on CBS daytime. In the past, the show had recognized its milestone 7,000th, 6,000th and the unforgettable, all-car 5,000th episodes.

U.K. News: Challenge TV will be airing the first series of The Chase beginning tomorrow at 8:00pm GMT.

The first game of the Quarterfinals of Jeopardy’s Battle of The Decades tournament kicks off Monday, May 5.

The producers of Utopia, a new FOX reality show, have opened a search for potential contestants, where they will create a new society including new laws. Applicants can submit their entries via video.

Keshet DCP, a joint venture between DC Media (a parent company of Dick Clark Productions) and Keshet International, says it’s bringing the Boom! Israeli game show format to the U.S.

The Cube’s Phillip Schofield will be hosting the new ITV game show You're Back In The Room. The show will debut this fall and will have contestants face challenges while they are in a hypnotic trance.

The Hub Network has renewed Family Game Night for a fifth season. This season will feature celebrities along with their families playing on the show to win cash and prizes for their charities.

On the week of March 24th, Tuesday’s new Minute To Win It and Wednesday’s Mind of a Man respectively averaged 396,000 and 207,500 total viewers. Both shows dropped between weeks.

Last week’s 5:00pm new episodes of Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw drew a weekday average of 1.206 million viewers. The show improved from the previous week.

Thursday’s new episode of Hollywood Game Night ranked 13th out of 17 shows in total viewership (3.12 million) and 12th among adult viewers 18-49 (1.1 rating/3 share).

Friday’s new and repeat episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? dropped compared to last week (8pm New: 1.46 million; 8:30 Repeat: 1.37 million).

The only winners in syndication during the week in terms of game shows were Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. Wheel progressed 1% up to a 7.0 and Feud received a 2% boost up to a 5.3.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! fell 8% down to 6.1 (#5 overall; 9.5 million viewers) and Millionaire remained flat at a 2.2 (#24 overall; 3.0 million viewers).

Sources: Broadcasting & Cable, Deadline London, KRQE, Metro, Nick and More, Son of The Bronx, TV By The Numbers

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