Thursday, July 30, 2015

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #68

Today's update will review some of the major news headlines in the game show universe from the past few weeks in 200 characters or less including updates featured on the TBIR Facebook page. This week's updates include another quarter-million dollar win on Australia's Millionaire Hot Seat, New Zealand in talks to revive its version of Mastermind and some of the latest network and syndicated game show ratings. 

NETWORK RATINGS: Tuesday night on FOX, 5th Grader averaged 2.47M total viewers while Knock Knock Live continues to disappoint with its lackluster 1.6M viewer count. NBC’s Hollywood Game Night attracted 4.51M viewers.

FremantleMedia’s new classic game show channel BUZZR is now available for customers with Cablevision as their cable television provider.

U.K. UPDATE: Tomorrow's episode of Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown will feature guest stars Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Freddie Flintoff, Roisin Conaty and Rob Beckett in Dictionary Corner. 

Dawn Simpson, a 65-year-old resident of Batemans Bay in New South Wales, became the 19th contestant to win $250,000 on Tuesday night's episode of Millionaire Hot Seat.

New Zealand's TV One will be reviving its country’s version of Mastermind. Thirteen episodes will be produced by Warner Bros. A host has not been named yet. 

“Tombstone” and “Warhead” were voted for the Most Destructive Robot (by judges) and Best Designer (by builders) BattleBots superlative awards. 

Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha, one of the Chasers on ITV’s The Chase, reveals some behind-the-scenes secrets of the popular U.K. quiz show during an interview with Metro

Jenny Ryan is the newest Chaser on ITV’s The Chase. Ryan has formerly competed on several game shows including Fifteen to One, The Weakest Link, and was part of a winning team on Only Connect. 

Billy On The Street will be moving to TruTV for the show’s fourth season beginning October 8 at 10:30pm ET. Reruns will air on TBS. 

Billy Eichner, along with the other BOTS producers, was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program" for its segment featuring Michelle Obama and Big Bird.

Speaking of Emmy nominations, Hollywood Game Night host Jane Lynch was nominated for "Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program”.

On the week ending July 19, Feud continues to reign supreme among syndicated game show in household ratings for the sixth straight week with its 6.1 — a 6% drop from the previous week. 

Tying for second among game shows were Jeopardy! and Wheel with their 6.0 ratings. Millionaire remained stagnant at a 1.6 for the 12th time in 13 weeks and Celebrity Name Game rises 8% to a 1.4. 

VIEWERSHIP/OVERALL RANKINGS: Family Feud: 9.06 million, 2nd overall; Wheel: 9.46 million, T-3rd overall; Jeopardy!: 9.21 million, T-3rd overall

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