Saturday, May 3, 2014

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #52

Happy weekend, everyone! I have a lot a news to cover today from the past couple of days. Some of the news featured on this afternoon's article may have been already covered on The Blog Is Right Facebook page. Today's headlines include Julia Collins making Jeopardy! history, a new Jeopardy! interactive spinoff in the making and the History Channel ordered the first season of its new Pawn Shop-inspired game show. All ratings for syndicated game shows are from the week ending April 20.

CASTING CALL: The producer of Deal or No Deal and the Casting Firm are looking for “high energy” contestants to face various physical challenges on a new primetime game show for a major network. 

The categorized nominees for the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Friday, including “Outstanding Game Show” and “Outstanding Game Show Host”. 

THREE'S A CROWD: CBS' Let's Make A Deal was nominated for three Daytime Emmys including "Outstanding Game Show", "Outstanding Game Show Host" and "Original Song".

Cedric The Entertainer will be leaving Millionaire after the end of this season. His reasons for exiting the series include the show moving its production to Connecticut and his busy schedule.

RECORD BREAKER: Julia Collins is now the longest-reigning woman champion on Jeopardy! with Wednesday's win. Collins currently has a 10-game total of $220,610.

Draw It, a new show based on the Draw Something app, will premiere on Channel 4 at 4:30pm GMT on May 5. Two civilian/celebrity teams will play a three-round game (not including bonus) for cash.

FINAL JEOPARDY: Jeopardy’s Battle of The Decades Finals Week kicks off May 5. The matchup: Leszek Pawlowicz vs. Robin Carroll vs. Roger Craig.

HISTORY has ordered 10 episodes of the new game show, Pawnography, in which contestants play three trivia rounds for cash and items from the Pawn Stars’ (in)famous pawnshop. Debut date: Summer 2014.

SyFy will be adding the new game show, Geeks Who Drink, to its list of new series to air in 2014 and 2015. The show is based on a geek pub quiz format and has teams play in a live geek-trivia battle.

This Fall, sportscaster Dan Patrick will be the host of Sports Jeopardy!, a Sony Pictures-produced game show. It will air only on Crackle and will be available on some gaming and streaming platforms.

This week’s new Deal With It averaged 1.04 million total viewers (#70 overall among Top 100 rated shows among Adults 18-49) and a 0.5 rating among the key demo (#45), a 13% drop compared to last week.

FRIDAY NIGHT RATINGS: The 8:00pm new episode of Whose Line Is it Anyway averaged 1.19 million views (0.4 A18-49) and an 8:30pm rerun only attracted 1.01 million viewers (0.3 A18-49).

Wheel of Fortune continues to lead the pack among game shows rising 5% to a 6.6 (#3 overall) with Jeopardy! close behind with a 6.4 while seeing a 3% increase in the process (#6 overall).

Family Feud spiked 4% up to a 5.0 (#6 overall) and Millionaire also saw a general ratings rise for the week, finishing at a 2.1 thanks to the 5% bump (#24 overall).

Sources: Bleacher Report, Broadcasting & Cable, Digital Spy,,, Reality Wanted, TV By The Numbers, Zap2It

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