Saturday, October 22, 2016

Creative thinking: 12 remaining episodes of 'Winsanity' to air as 'Window Warrriors' lead-out?

"I wonder if they will run the last 12 Winsanity eps alongside Window Warriors for a shopping-themed holiday "WINning" block?"

Looking at the numbers, this makes sense. There are 12 remaining episodes of Winsanity. There are six weeks of Window Warriors. If you air 2 new Winsanity episodes following Window Warriors all six weeks, all the Winsanity episodes are burned off.

Window Warriors premieres Tuesday, November 15th at 9pm ET. The Tuesday night schedule through mid-December would look like this:

8:00pm ET: Family Feud (New to GSN)
8:30pm: Family Feud (New to GSN)
9:00pm: Window Warriors (New)
10:00pm: Winsanity (New)
10:30pm: Winsanity (New)

It's also a little strange that GSN all of a sudden put Winsanity on hiatus (after October 6th) with 12 episodes remaining. Winsanity was performing below expectations for three months (since July). All of a sudden, conveniently with 12 episodes remaining, GSN puts the series on hiatus.

If this does not happen, the remaining 12 episodes of Winsanity will air. Winsanity will not end up like Lie Detectors. The question is when for Winsanity

Last, for some strange reason, GSN believes Window Warriors will help Winsanity.

Friday, October 21, 2016

NEW tonight on GSN: 'Hellevator', 'Scare Tactics'

NEW tonight on GSN at 9pm ET is the second-to-last episode of Hellevator for this season. Jen and Sylvia Soska ("Twisted Twins") host as a team of four contestants attempts to win $50,000 venturing through a haunted warehouse.

At 10pm and 10:30pm ET, Scare Tactics with host Tracy Morgan will air.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Schedule change tonight (10/20)

From an updated advanced schedule, Winsanity no longer airs at all tonight (Thursday 10/20). Here is tonight's revised schedule with changes in bold (All Times ET):

9:00pm: Family Feud (was Winsanity)
9:30pm: Family Feud
10:00pm: Family Feud
10:30pm: Family Feud
11:00pm: Family Feud
11:30pm: Family Feud
12:00am: Family Feud (was Winsanity)
12:30am: Family Feud
1:00am: Family Feud
1:30am: Family Feud
2:00am: Baggage
2:30am: Baggage
3:00am: The Newlywed Game (was Winsanity)
3:30am: The Newlywed Game (was Chain Reaction)

GSN press release on 'Wheel of Fortune' acquisition

GSN adds modern episodes of Wheel of Fortune
starting next Monday (October 24th).
This afternoon, GSN published a press release about their Wheel of Fortune acquisition. The official news of Wheel of Fortune coming to GSN started more than a week ago with the Wheel of Fortune change on next week's (October 24-30) advanced schedule. The 2013-14 season of Wheel of Fortune will air weekday mornings at 11am and 11:30am ET starting this coming Monday (10/24), replacing Lingo.

Highlights of GSN's press release:
*GSN is adding 195 episodes from Season 31 (2013-14)
*New digital media game (app) called "Wheel of Fortune Slots: The Ultimate Collection"

Monday, October 17, 2016

Renewal odds 10/17/16: 'Idiotest', 'Skin Wars', 'Skin Wars: Fresh Paint', 'Hellevator', 'Winsanity'

Idiotest: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 100% (flat; already renewed)

Skin Wars: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 75% (down 15% from last week)

The reason for the 15% drop is GameShowNetworkNews has been tipped off there are similar "delays" to renewing Skin Wars and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint similar to the production "delays" of The Chase in to its fifth season (The Chase never received a fifth season on GSN). Unlike The Chase, GSN has more interest in keeping Skin Wars around next year.

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 75% (flat)

Hellevator: Chance of renewal for Season 3 is 25% (down 20% from last week)

Winsanity: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 15% (flat)

Updated GSN schedule for October 17-23

GSN has sent out an updated version of their advanced schedule for this week with the complete removal of Winsanity from Thursday nights:

October 17-23 (update)

*In Thursday primetime at 9pm, Family Feud will air; replacing Winsanity.
*In Thursday post-primetime at 12am, Family Feud will air; replacing Winsanity
*In Thursday latenight, The Newlywed Game will air at 3am and 3:30am; replacing Winsanity and Chain Reaction.

Hellevator and Scare Tactics remain on Friday nights in their respective timeslots.

On Thursday nights, Winsanity aired in reruns last week (October 13th), which was the start of its hiatus (new episodes concluded October 6th; still 12 more to be aired at a later time).

Winsanity is now limited to three permanent slots on the GSN schedule (all on Sunday). The Winsanity run on Wednesday at 5:30pm is temporary.

All Times ET

GSN Ratings 10/14: 'Scare Tactics' very weak in 18-49 and total viewers (UPDATE: 'Hellevator' equally bad compared to last week) (UPDATE: ALL RATINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

Source: ShowBuzz/ProgrammingInsider (Douglas Pucci)

Summary: Family Feud skewed very old but not an excuse for another very poor Hellevator performance. This week's Hellevator performance was up slightly in total viewers but down by a fifth in 18-49 viewers from last week's premiere.

What is the most surprising below is there is slightly more interest in Scare Tactics than Hellevator. Scare Tactics, unlike Hellevator this week, brought in a very young (but still very small) audience.

GSN Primetime Ratings for Friday, October 14th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 447,000 total viewers/115,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 446,000 total viewers/88,000 18-49 viewers; down <1% in total viewers/down 23% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Hellevator (new): 177,000 total viewers/49,000 18-49 viewers; up 2% in total viewers/down 21% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 60% in total viewers/down 44% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 182,000 total viewers/69,000 18-49 viewers; down 13% in total viewers/down 13% in 18-49 viewers from last week; up 3% in total viewers/up 41% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 188,000 total viewers/89,000 18-49 viewers; down 10% in total viewers/up 14% in 18-49 viewers from last week; up 3% in total viewers/up 29% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 270,000 total viewers and 77,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under 50 years of age (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 25.7% (64 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 19.7% (70 years old)
9:00pm Hellevator (new): 27.7% (63 years old)
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 37.9% (48 years old)
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 47.3% (40 years old)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Tonight on GSN: NEW 'Hellevator', 'Scare Tactics'

A NEW episode of Hellevator airs tonight
at 9pm ET on GSN.
It's "Friday Night Frights" on GSN!

The second week of Hellevator airs tonight on GSN at 9pm ET with Jen and Sylvia Soska ("Twisted Twins"). Jen and Sylvia scare a team of four contestants in a haunted warehouse as the contestants try to win $50,000! If you have not watched Hellevator this year but you enjoyed Hellevator last year, this year is similar but improved.

Immediately following Hellevator, Scare Tactics will air at 10pm and 10:30pm ET with host Tracy Morgan. These episodes are "New to GSN". Scare Tactics is a comedy/horror show where contestants get scared, similar to the methods on Hellevator.

In the past week, we have seen the return, and fall, of Hellevator. Hellevator premiered last Friday to series low ratings with 173,000 total viewers and 62,000 18-49 viewers. In response to this, GSN axed the Hellevator encore at 3am ET tonight (only one Friday latenight encore now at 12am ET). GSN also axed Hellevator and Scare Tactics reruns in Monday post-primetime. The chance of Hellevator renewal for a third season plummeted from 75% to 45%. For these remaining three weeks of Hellevator, it will likely be a bumpy ride for what could be the last three weeks of the series ever on GSN.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

10 years since '1 vs. 100'

Bob Saget hosted 1 vs. 100 on NBC
from 2006-08.
Ten years ago today on a Friday night, 1 vs. 100 with host Bob Saget premiered on NBC. 1 vs. 100, a personal favorite of mine, only lasted two seasons on NBC. To this day, I believe 1 vs. 100 should have been renewed for a third season on NBC and later, an additional season of the one-and-done GSN remake.

I liked all formats of 1 vs. 100. The first NBC season, before the money ladder, featured the contestant, after answering the question correctly, earning money per each mob member knocked out (varied $1,000 for the first few questions, then $2,000, $3,000 and so forth). The money ladder was great too and a cheaper option.

Carrie Ann Inaba hosted 1 vs. 100
on GSN for one season in 2010. In the
summer of 2011, Inaba pushed GSN
for a second season but did not get it.
One downfall of the GSN version was the top prize at only $50,000. It drained the enthusiasm of the show coming off of the $1 million format shortly ago (not to mention GSN reruns at the time). My main problem with GSN's money ladder format, with $50,000 at the top, was that it felt like a contestant was playing the game for so long and answered many questions correct, but the contestant would only have $5,000 after a lot of hard work and run time.

Think about it. Millionaire worked well with the big money aspect. So did The Chase on GSN.

The GSN version of 1 vs. 100 did have a "$100K week", where the top prize was doubled which received high marks from the same people/groups who criticized the $50,000 prize as "too low".

The only criticism I have of 1 vs. 100, despite its two premature cancellations, were the "helps". "Ask the Mob", which was not included on the GSN version, was a waste. The contestant talked to two random mob members, one with the correct answer and one with an incorrect answer. With proper strategy, favoring the mob, the incorrect mob member could say "I am 100% sure because I know background on this question" while the correct mob member could say "I just guessed". Remember, the mob was supposed to be against the contestant. "Ask the Mob" was not used on the GSN version because some mob members, filmed by webcam, were previously recorded.

"Poll the Mob" and "Trust the Mob" were the better two. "Poll the Mob" did not pay off a lot while "Trust the Mob", a huge risk, mostly paid off.

Another criticism I had about 1 vs. 100 is that it was a very tough format on the solo contestant. A "Plus One" help, similar to Millionaire, would have given a better chance of success to a contestant. It was also extremely rough on 1 vs. 100 when a contestant answered one question wrong and left with $0. I thought there should have been an option where a contestant could opt out in the middle of a question, leave with half the money earned and the remaining mob members split the other half of the contestant's winnings. The good news was winnings were split between the remaining mob members (which was still a good chunk of change-usually hundreds or thousands of dollars per mob member).

1 vs. 100 was a ratings success. Why 1 vs. 100 did not get renewed on NBC? At the time, mid-2008, Deal or No Deal was fading and NBC apparently wanted to move on. Recall that the success of Deal or No Deal gave us 1 vs. 100 and at times, served as lead-in (8pm) to 1 vs. 100 (9pm). Why 1 vs. 100 did not get renewed on GSN? The original production halt of 2011-12 which tied up Lingo, Love Triangle, Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza and Baggage too.

1 vs. 100 can definitely be revived. I hope a network sees the potential.

GSN Ratings Sunday 10/9 for 'Family Feud' and 'Scare Tactics' versus 2nd Presidential Debate

Source: ProgrammingInsider (Douglas Pucci)

GSN competed directly with the Second Presidential Debate. Ratings from the First Presidential Debate on Sunday, September 26th were negative on GSN versus tough competition. The debate ran from 9-10:30pm ET.

Summary: From lead-in Family Feud at 8:30pm, which had slightly below average ratings compared to its typical Sunday primetime numbers, Scare Tactics dropped 66% in total viewers and 60% in 18-49 viewers. Scare Tactics continued to drop at 9:30pm, 10pm and 10:30pm.

Even before the weekend of October 8th/9th and before these ratings were known, this Sunday night 2-hour Scare Tactics block was only expected to be a one week change. This coming Sunday, October 16th, Family Feud will air from 6pm-12am and other Sundays forward.

The below ratings were also part of a week where GSN suffered its worst primetime/total day weekly average in over two years.

GSN primetime ratings for Sunday, October 9th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 405,000 total viewers/90,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 435,000 total viewers/127,000 18-49 viewers
9:00pm Scare Tactics: 148,000 total viewers/51,000 18-49 viewers
9:30pm Scare Tactics: 101,000 total viewers/42,000 18-49 viewers
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 90,000 total viewers/38,000 18-49 viewers
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 77,000 total viewers/35,000 18-49 viewers

Primetime average: 209,000 total viewers and 64,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under 50 years of age (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 22.2% (68 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 29.2% (61 years old)
9:00pm Scare Tactics: 34.4% (53 years old)
9:30pm Scare Tactics: 41.2% (44 years old)
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 42.2% (44 years old)
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 45.4% (40 years old)

Speculation on GSN's acquisition of 'Wheel of Fortune'

My own speculation about Wheel of Fortune coming to GSN:

In one word: Exposure

Over the past five years, Steve Harvey Family Feud reruns have been exposed on GSN. In that time, Harvey Feud ratings have grown massively in syndication, spun in to its own ABC Celebrity version (now lasting three seasons) and has benefited the host's career, Steve Harvey, greatly. 

SONY may have stricken a deal with GSN to get more exposure for very modern Wheel of Fortune reruns on another network (now GSN) due to lacking ratings for the syndicated version the past three years and falling behind Family Feud the past several months.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Week of October 3-9: Worst GSN weekly averages in two years

Following an off Winsanity performance which weighed down the remainder of primetime, a horrific Friday night performance thanks to Hellevator/Scare Tactics and last, a likely bad performance on Sunday night versus a high-rated Presidential Debate (GSN does not do well against debates), GSN had its worst primetime/total day averages in two years.

The GSN primetime average for last week, October 3-9, was 330,000 total viewers. This is the lowest GSN primetime average since September 29-October 4, 2014, a week where GSN underwent massive schedule changes (which paid off).

The GSN total day average for last week was 238,000 total viewers. This is the lowest GSN total average since the same week above, September 29-October 4, 2014.

The primetime/total day average on September 29-October 4, 2014 was 303,000/232,000 total viewers.

What this means is GSN's averages were higher through the lowest-rated weeks of Steampunk'd (September 2015), Hellevator Season 1 (November and December 2015) and Lie Detectors (April and May 2015) than last week.


GSN has acquired modern episodes
of Wheel of Fortune-will begin airing
Monday, October 24th.
Update: The Wheel of Fortune episodes are from the 2013-14 season, starting in September 2013. Additionally, Match Game 90 with Ross Shafer will air at 8:30am on October 28th on top of the other Halloween-themed programming including Dawson Feud (9am), Whammy! (10am), Karn Feud (12pm, 12:30pm) and O'Hurley Feud (1pm, 1:30pm).

GSN has acquired episodes of Wheel of Fortune. We have yet to find out from which season. These episodes will air weekdays at 11am and 11:30am starting Monday, October 24th.

Schedule: October 24-30 (new)

On Friday morning (October 28th), a 1-hour Family Feud episode with host Richard Dawson will air at 9am (likely a Halloween-themed episode). At 10am, Whammy! (GSN version) will air, which is a Halloween special. These are one day only changes.

A NEW episode of Idiotest will air Tuesday at 10pm. This is the 40th and last episode of the third season of Idiotest. It is a Halloween-themed episode.

All Times ET

Renewal odds 10/10/16: 'Idiotest', 'Skin Wars', 'Skin Wars: Fresh Paint', 'Hellevator', 'Winsanity'

Last week's renewal odds

Idiotest: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 100% (flat; already renewed)

Skin Wars: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 90% (flat)

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 75% (down 5% from last week)

Hellevator: Chance of renewal for Season 3 is 45% (down 30% from last week)

Winsanity: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 15% (up 14% from last week)

In twenty eight new episodes (June 9-October 5), Winsanity has averaged 319,000 total viewers and 90,000 18-49 viewers. Since these figures are much better than Hellevator, Winsanity has a slight shot at renewal. We will see the final decision on Winsanity renewal once the remaining episodes air after its current hiatus.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Updated GSN schedules for October 10-16 and October 17-23: 'Hellevator' reruns, 'Scare Tactics' reduced

Following an extremely poor performance on Friday night (and likely Friday latenight plus throughout the weekend), some Hellevator and Scare Tactics slots have been pulled:

Changes (for next two weeks):
*On Mondays (starting 10/17), Family Feud will air 11pm-1am; replacing Hellevator rerun and Scare Tactics
*On Friday latenight (10/14 and 10/21), The Newlywed Game will air at 3am and 3:30am; replacing a Hellevator encore

All Times ET

Monday, October 10, 2016

GSN Ratings 10/7: 'Hellevator' debut awful; series lows in 18-49 and total viewers (UPDATE: FULL PRIMETIME RATINGS NOW AVAILABLE)

Source: ShowBuzz/ProgrammingInsider (Douglas Pucci)

Summary: A bad night for GSN. Even with much lower-than-average 18-49 viewer figures for Family Feud, that serves as no excuse for the very poor Hellevator performance. The Hellevator Season 2 premiere is down 66% in total viewers and down 67% in 18-49 viewers from the Season 1 premiere on October 21, 2015. Surprisingly, Scare Tactics rose a bit from Hellevator from "very bad" ratings to "bad" ratings. No GSN season or series premiere has had a worse performance in 18-49 viewers since Lie Detectors on April 20, 2015. No GSN series premiere in history has had a total viewer performance as low as Hellevator below.

GSN Primetime Ratings for Friday, October 7th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 302,000 total viewers/59,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 438,000 total viewers/99,000 18-49 viewers; up 45% in total viewers/up 68% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Hellevator (premiere): 173,000 total viewers/62,000 18-49 viewers; down 61% in total viewers/down 37% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 209,000 total viewers/79,000 18-49 viewers; up 21% in total viewers/up 27% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 209,000 total viewers/78,000 18-49 viewers; flat in total viewers/down <1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 251,000 total viewers and 73,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under 50 years of age (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 19.5% (70 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 22.6% (68 years old)
9:00pm Hellevator (premiere): 35.8% (49 years old)
10:00pm Scare Tactics: 37.8% (48 years old)
10:30pm Scare Tactics: 37.3% (48 years old)

The lowest rated episode of Hellevator last season in both 18-49 and total viewers occurred on December 9, 2015, received 201,000 total viewers and 85,000 18-49 viewers.

I was wrong. I highly doubt Hellevator will bounce back from this now and earn a third season. This is too low to recover from. This has nothing to do with a Hurricane or the move to a new night. These ratings are unacceptable and surprise me (I never thought Hellevator would have powerful numbers, but I thought they would at least be "good").

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Full GSN Primetime Ratings for 10/6 for 'Family Feud' and 'Winsanity'

Summary: From Winsanity heavily weighing down primetime below and doing nothing to help with the 18-49 demo, I am confused why Winsanity gets a hiatus starting this week. Instead, Winsanity should be pulled from the GSN schedule.

GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, October 6th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 574,000 total viewers/152,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 591,000 total viewers/151,000 18-49 viewers; up 3% in total viewers/down <1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 290,000 total viewers/68,000 18-49 viewers; up 6% in total viewers/down 37% in 18-49 from last week; down 51% in total viewers/down 55% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 309,000 total viewers/73,000 18-49 viewers; up 7% in total viewers/up 7% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Family Feud: 356,000 total viewers/99,000 18-49 viewers; up 15% in total viewers/up 36% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Family Feud: 386,000 total viewers/103,000 18-49 viewers; up 8% in total viewers/up 4% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 418,000 total viewers and 108,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under 50 years of age (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 26.5% (63 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 25.5% (64 years old)
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 23.4% (66 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 23.6% (66 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 27.8% (61 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 26.7% (63 years old)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Revised GSN schedules for October 10-16 and October 17-23: 'Winsanity' put on hiatus

Literally the minute the new season of Hellevator premieres, GSN releases revised advanced schedules for the next two weeks. Winsanity will go on hiatus effective next Thursday (October 13th). Winsanity remains in reruns on Thursday nights at 9pm, 12am and 3am. Additionally, Winsanity remains in its three Sunday rerun slots (12pm, 12:30pm, 12am):

October 10-16 (update)
October 17-23 (update)

Winsanity has received mostly poor ratings over the past three months. Winsanity has not recored one new run on Thursday nights above 400,000 total viewers (which is considered "good' for a new run GSN original) since July 7th. 18-49 figures have also been mostly negative for Winsanity, only being near the GSN primetime norm the past three of thirteen weeks (above 100,000 18-49 viewers).

Including this week (October 5th), 28 (of 40 ordered) Winsanity episodes have aired.

GSN Ratings 10/6: 'Winsanity' up in total viewers, down in 18-49's from last week

More ratings will come in as they are provided

GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, October 6th (All Times ET):
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 290,000 total viewers/0.05 18-49 (about 65,000 18-49 viewers); up 6% in total viewers from last week

'Hellevator' premieres tonight at 9pm ET on GSN; "New to GSN" episodes of 'Family Feud' and 'Scare Tactics' included

Seven months in the making, the second season of Hellevator will premiere tonight at 9pm ET on GSN.

This season, Jen and Sylvia Soska return as hosts and to assist scaring the contestants.

Check out our Season 2 Hellevator review here of tonight's episode. Generally, Hellevator is similar to last season with where it is filmed (still the warehouse), the main game and the general idea of scaring contestants. The end game is changed and also the number of contestants per team (up to four). Another noticeable change is once a contestant is eliminated from the game, that contestant can come back at the end of the episode (is not gone forever like last season). The grand prize is still $50,000.

Tonight's GSN primetime schedule is all new. Before Hellevator at 8pm and 8:30pm ET, "New to GSN" episodes of Steve Harvey Family Feud will air. These episodes are from Harvey's fifth season of hosting Family Feud, the 2014-15 season, which just started airing on GSN this week. In other words, these are not the same old reruns that have been abused throughout the GSN schedule for the past 1-5 years.

Immediately following the Hellevator premiere, GSN has acquired horror-themed hidden camera show Scare Tactics, hosted by Tracy Morgan. These episodes first aired from 2008-13 on Syfy.