Friday, August 7, 2015

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #69

This week'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. Updates include another Celebrity Fifteen To One series starting tonight in the U.K., the first season of Sports Jeopardy! coming to a close next month and Anne Hegarty joining the cast of Chasers on Australia's upcoming version of The Chase.

Let’s Make A Deal is looking for contestants to participate in the show’s special Skype episodes by playing via webcam. The Skype shows will be filmed August 20-22. Go to Reality Wanted for more info.

Sports Jeopardy's first $50,000 championship match will occur during the week of September 9-16 on Crackle. The second 52-week season will begin streaming on Wednesday, September 23. 

Channel 4’s Celebrity Fifteen To One returns tonight at 8:00pm BST with host Adam Hills. Guest contestants include Sean Lock, Kay Burley, Alex James, Joe Lycett, Hugh Dennis and Brian McFadden.

At 9:00pm BST on Channel 4, a new episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown airs with guest stars Sean Lock, Liza Tarbuck, Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan and Phill Jupitus in Dictionary Corner.

Challenge TV has signed a deal to air reruns of Countdown (60 episodes form 1991-1992) and additional episodes of Fifteen To One (series 17 from 1996) beginning in September/October. 

Endemol Shine UK and Puzzle London has launched a new Two Tribes game based on the BBC Two show hosted by Richard Osman. The game is available in the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon for £1.49.

XL Video has create a new LED scoreboard for BBC’s Pointless. To make the set-building process more efficient, the production team asked XL Video to create a new rigging system for the scoreboard.

“The Governess” Anne Hegarty will be among the Chasers competing against contestants on Seven’s The Chase Australia. Andrew O’Keefe will host the upcoming series. 

On Tuesday evening, FOX’s 5th Grader averaged 2.17M total viewers and NBC’s Hollywood Game Night averaged 4.38M viewers. Both shows respectively ranked 7th and 6th among the 10 network shows.

On the week ending July 26, Jeopardy! took control of the first place spot among syndicated game shows with a 6.1 and a 2% boost while former leader Feud dropped 2% down to a 6.0.

Ranking third among game shows and fourth overall was Wheel, which fell 3% to a 5.8. Millionaire and Celebrity Name Game respectively stalled at a 1.6 and a 1.4.

VIEWERSHIP/OVERALL SYNDICATED RANKINGS: Jeopardy!: 9.18 million, 2nd overall; Family Feud: 9.00 million, 3rd overall; Wheel: 9.26 million, 4th overall.

Sources: Broadcasting and Cable, Channel 4, Facebook, LEDs Magazine, Netimperative, Reality Wanted, The Futon Critic, TV By The Numbers, Yahoo! 7 TV

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