Thursday, August 14, 2014

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #60

Today’s article will cover some of the latest game show news headlines and updates in 200 characters or less along with some that may have been already covered on The Blog Is Right Facebook page from the ratings update on Idiotest’s performance on its first night on GSN to new international game shows in the making. All syndication ratings are from the week ending August 3.

Tuesday’s 8pm new episode of The Chase averaged 515,000 total viewers and 71,000 (0.1 rating) adult viewers aged between 18-49. This week’s airing suffered a slight 7% drop compared to last week.

The doubleheader 9pm-10pm premiere of GSN’s Idiotest averaged 451,500 total viewers with the 9pm show averaging 461,000 (143K A18-49) and the 9:30pm show averaging 442,000 (157K A18-49). 

Vijay TV is currently developing a new game show called Aadukalam. The network posted on its official micro-blogging page, “[…] Ungal Vijay is back with a new game show #Aadukalam!! Get ready!!”

A new episode of Manila’s TV5 Quiet Please! airs Sunday at 8:00pm with host Richard Gomez. The weekly game show has celebrity teams complete challenges as quietly as possible — like Silent Library.

S4C is searching for teams of two to compete in the new true/false quiz show, Celwydd Noeth (Bare-Faced Lie). The series will be filmed September 27-29. Go to the S4C’s website for more information

David St John, from Cannock in Staffordshire, officially set the Guinness World Record for the "most TV quiz show appearances" by competing on 34 game shows. (I bet Scott Hostetler is a close second.)

Comedy Central has renewed @midnight for a second season. The comedy game show has been ordered to run for another 40 weeks throughout 2015. 

Interesting development in syndication game show news: Jeopardy! topped Wheel for the second time this summer. Jeopardy! jumped 4% to a 5.8 while Wheel depreciated 3% to a 5.7.

On the contrast, Family Feud and Millionaire were both unchanged from the previous week, remaining flat at a 4.5 and a 2.0, respectively. 

Although the show is currently rerunning episodes from this past season, Millionaire's year-to-year average ratings dropped 13%, marking it the biggest annual loss of any game show.

Sources: Broadcasting & Cable, Carmarthen Journal, Express, Manila Standard Today, S4C, The Times of India, TV Media Insights, TV Series Finale

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