Saturday, September 24, 2016

Full GSN Primetime Ratings for 9/1, 9/6, 9/8, 9/13, 9/15 and 9/22

Summary: The full ratings for the nights of August 23rd, August 25th and August 30th are not yet available due to a Nielsen issue. Each week, Winsanity dropped massively from its lead-in Family Feud. The drop on September 15th was the most severe, losing about half the total viewers and 60% of 18-49 viewers from Family Feud. Other than the sizable drops, Winsanity had an extremely mixed bag in median viewer age, ranging from mid-40's (age) on September 8th to mid-50's on September 1st to much older-skewing mid-60's the past two weeks, September 15th and 22nd. The past four weeks, Winsanity has averaged 318,000 total viewers and 96,000 18-49 viewers, which is likely not enough for a GSN renewal. All 26 episodes of Winsanity thus far have averaged 322,000 total viewers and 90,000 18-49 viewers (likely not enough for renewal).

The renewed Idiotest pulled off two satisfactory weeks of ratings below. The 39 episodes of Season 3 have averaged 346,000 total viewers and 104,000 18-49 viewers. This is a 2% rise in total viewers but a 7% decrease in 18-49 viewers from Season 2 (which had 65 episodes). The median viewer age of Idiotest Season 3 was a very healthy 58 years old (approximately; percentage of viewers under 50 years of age is 30.0%).



GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 1st (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 479,000 total viewers/119,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 566,000 total viewers/138,000 18-49 viewers; up 18% in total viewers/up 16% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in 
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 351,000 total viewers/112,000 18-49 viewers; down 3% in total viewers from the prior week (August 25th); down 38% in total viewers/down 19% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 380,000 total viewers/72,000 18-49 viewers; up 8% in total viewers/down 36% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Family Feud: 400,000 total viewers/92,000 18-49 viewers; up 5% in total viewers/up 28% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Family Feud: 492,000 total viewers/96,000 18-49 viewers; up 23% in total viewers/up 4% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 445,000 total viewers and 105,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 24.8% (65 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 24.4% (65 years old)
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 31.9% (53 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 18.9% (70 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 23.0% (66 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 19.5% (70 years old)
---------------------------------------------------------------


GSN Primetime Ratings for Tuesday, September 6th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 380,000 total viewers/112,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 395,000 total viewers/111,000 18-49 viewers; up 4% in total viewers/down <1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Idiotest (rerun): 281,000 total viewers/91,000 18-49 viewers; down 29% in total viewers/down 18% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 274,000 total viewers/92,000 18-49 viewers; down 2% in total viewers/up 1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 315,000 total viewers/93,000 18-49 viewers; up 33% in total viewers from the prior week (August 30th); up 15% in total viewers/up 1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 244,000 total viewers/56,000 18-49 viewers; down 23% in total viewers/down 40% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 315,000 total viewers and 93,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 29.5% (58 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 28.1% (61 years old)
9:00pm Idiotest (rerun): 32.4% (53 years old)
9:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 33.6% (53 years old)
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 29.5% (58 years old)
10:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 23.0% (66 years old)
------------------------------------------------------


GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 8th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 523,000 total viewers/129,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 591,000 total viewers/141,000 18-49 viewers; up 13% in total viewers/up 9% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 285,000 total viewers/122,000 18-49 viewers; down 19% in total viewers/up 9% in 18-49 viewers from the prior week (September 1st); down 52% in total viewers/down 13% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 292,000 total viewers/124,000 18-49 viewers; up 2% in total viewers/up 2% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Family Feud: 373,000 total viewers/151,000 18-49 viewers; up 28% in total viewers/up 22% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Family Feud: 450,000 total viewers/149,000 18-49 viewers; up 21% in total viewers/down 1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 419,000 total viewers and 136,000 18-49 viewers


Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 24.7% (64 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 23.4% (65 years old)
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 42.8% (43 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 42.5% (43 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 40.5% (45 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 33.1% (53 years old)
------------------------------------------------


GSN Primetime Ratings for Tuesday, September 13th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 544,000 total viewers/170,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 541,000 total viewers/157,000 18-49 viewers; down <1% in total viewers/down 8% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Idiotest (rerun): 287,000 total viewers/96,000 18-49 viewers; down 47% in total viewers/down 39% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 224,000 total viewers/66,000 18-49 viewers; down 22% in total viewers/down 31% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 340,000 total viewers/88,000 18-49 viewers; up 8% in total viewers/down 5% in 18-49 viewers from the prior week (September 6th); up 52% in total viewers/up 33% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 373,000 total viewers/88,000 18-49 viewers; up 10% in total viewers/flat in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 385,000 total viewers and 111,000 18-49 viewers

Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 31.3% (55 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 29.0% (59 years old)
9:00pm Idiotest (rerun): 33.4% (53 years old)
9:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 29.5% (58 years old)
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 25.6% (64 years old)
10:30pm Idiotest (rerun): 23.6% (66 years old)
-----------------------------------------------


GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 15th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 648,000 total viewers/173,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 672,000 total viewers/201,000 18-49 viewers; up 4% in total viewers/up 16% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 357,000 total viewers/81,000 18-49 viewers; up 25% in total viewers/down 34% in 18-49 viewers from the prior week (September 8th); down 47% in total viewers/down 60% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 368,000 total viewers/80,000 18-49 viewers; up 3% in total viewers/down 1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Family Feud: 458,000 total viewers/129,000 18-49 viewers; up 24% in total viewers/up 61% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Family Feud: 484,000 total viewers/134,000 18-49 viewers; up 6% in total viewers/up 4% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 498,000 total viewers and 133,000 18-49 viewers


Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 26.7% (63 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 29.9% (58 years old)
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 22.7% (67 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 21.7% (68 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 28.2% (60 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 27.7% (61 years old)
-----------------------------------------------


GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 22nd (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 512,000 total viewers/106,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 489,000 total viewers/105,000 18-49 viewers; down 4% in total viewers/down <1% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 278,000 total viewers/67,000 18-49 viewers; down 22% in total viewers/down 17% in 18-49 viewers from the prior week (September 15th); down 43% in total viewers/down 36% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 297,000 total viewers/57,000 18-49 viewers; up 7% in total viewers/down 15% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm Family Feud: 385,000 total viewers/72,000 18-49 viewers; up 30% in total viewers/up 26% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:30pm Family Feud: 447,000 total viewers/82,000 18-49 viewers; up 16% in total viewers/up 14% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Primetime average: 401,000 total viewers and 82,000 18-49 viewers


Percentage of viewers under of the age of 50 (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 20.7% (68 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 21.5% (68 years old)
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 24.1% (65 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 19.2% (70 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 18.7% (70 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 18.3% (70 years old)

Friday, September 23, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/22: 'Winsanity' down in 18-49 and total viewers from last week


More ratings will come in as they are provided

GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 22nd (All Times ET):
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 278,000 total viewers/0.05 18-49 (about 65,000 18-49 viewers); down 22% in total viewers from last week

Thursday, September 22, 2016

GSN launching "Friday Night Frights" in October with 'Hellevator' and acquired show

GSN has acquired Scare Tactics,
hosted by Tracy Morgan. The series
will begin to air on GSN starting
Friday, October 7th at 10pm ET.
Starting Friday, October 7th, Hellevator, as already scheduled, will air NEW at 9pm ET. Following the new episode of Hellevator each Friday, GSN has acquired Scare Tactics.

Scare Tactics is a hidden-camera prank show hosted by Tracy Morgan (from 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live). Scare Tactics is similar to Hellevator in the sense that its goal is to scare contestants. Friends and family members prank each other on Scare Tactics. The episodes that Tracy Morgan hosted originally aired from 2008-13.

Scare Tactics will air at 10pm ET, following Hellevator. The acquisition of Scare Tactics consists of 13 episodes.

This is GSN's first new, modern acquisition since NBC's Minute to Win It in 2012. This change is primarily to lower GSN's median viewer age. Hellevator is GSN's youngest-skewing show ever. Scare Tactics will likely keep GSN's median viewer age down immediately post-Hellevator, where lead-outs like Steve Harvey Family Feud have failed to do so.

The one criticism that does/will arise from GSN acquiring Scare Tactics is that it is 100% not a game show.

Tonight on GSN: 'Winsanity' at 9pm; play to win prizes and a car at WinsanityLive.com

Tonight on GSN: A new episode of Winsanity airs at 9pm ET. Donald Faison hosts. Kira Soltanovich serves as on-air announcer.

Play along live at WinsanityLive.com. Since the June 9th premiere, play-at-home contestants have won $113,000 in prizes, including 4 new cars through WinsanityLive.com.


Make sure to follow Winsanity on Twitter.

Friday, September 16, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/15: '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, September 15th (All Times ET):
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 357,000 total viewers/0.06 18-49 (about 75,000 18-49 viewers); up 25% in total viewers from last week

GSN schedule for September 26-October 2

GSN has released their schedule for the week of September 26th which includes a Hellevator marathon on Friday night and Saturday night:


Changes:
*On Thursday and Friday, "New to GSN" episodes of Bob Eubanks-hosted Card Sharks will air at 9am.
*GSN will air a 3-hour Hellevator Season 1 marathon in Friday primetime from 9pm-12am
*GSN will air a 2-hour Hellevator Season 1 marathon in Saturday latenight from 12am-2am
*For one week only, Family Feud will air Saturday at 10pm-12am; replacing Idiotest.

All Times ET

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NEW tonight on GSN: 'Winsanity'

NEW tonight on GSN at 9pm ET: Winsanity hosted by Donald Faison (on-air announcer Kira Soltanovich). Watch as contestants stack the facts to win prizes for he/she and the audience. Play along at home at WinsanityLive.com, where you can win thousands of dollars in prizes and/or a car!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/13: 'Idiotest' improves again


More ratings will come in as they are provided

GSN Primetime Ratings for Tuesday, September 13th (All Times ET):
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 340,000 total viewers/0.07 18-49 (about 95,000 18-49 viewers); up 8% in total viewers from last week

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NEW tonight on GSN: 'Idiotest'

A NEW episode of Idiotest airs tonight on GSN at 10pm ET hosted by Ben Gleib. In tonight's episode, "Sorority Sisters" face off against "Fraternity Brothers" at a chance to win $10,000.

This is the last new episode of Idiotest that will air for now. Tonight's episode of Idiotest is the 39th to air of 40 taped. We do not know when the 40th will air, if at all, but it is not on the September 19-25 GSN schedule (all Idiotest episodes are labeled as reruns). The Political Idiotest episode on April 20th did not count as an episode of Season 3 (was its own separate spin-off).

Friday, September 9, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/8: 'Winsanity' good in 18-49 viewers, weak in total viewers


More ratings will come in as they are provided

GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 8th (All Times ET):
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 285,000 total viewers/0.10 18-49 (about 130,000 18-49 viewers); down 19% in total viewers from last week

New GSN Twitter banner: 'Winsanity' no longer the focus; 'Skin Wars' included

New GSN social media banner
This week, GSN created a new social media banner (Facebook, Twitter). Previously, from May until earlier this week, Winsanity had been front and center which included Donald Faison, an orange background and stated new episodes every Thursday.

The focus has been taken away from Winsanity. One good reason why is that Winsanity did premiere three months ago (to the date). Second, Winsanity ratings have been mixed, more bad than good.

The latest, colorful poster features Rebeeca Romijn, RuPaul, Ben Gleib, Donald Faison and the Soska sisters. There you have Skin Wars, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, Idiotest, Winsanity and Hellevator. Although Skin Wars has not yet been renewed, this is a strong sign GSN has interest and that new episodes of both Skin Wars and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint will be back on GSN in 2017.

The GSN homepage.
The only missing piece of the GSN puzzle is Window Warriors, which is still two months away from premiere. Window Warriors is front and center on the GSNTV.com homepage over Hellevator, Winsanity and Idiotest, signaling that Window Warriors is a GSN priority for success on top of any other program now.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

'Hellevator' Season 2 Episode 1 review

GameShowNetworkNews has been fortunate enough to preview the entire first episode of the second season of Hellevator, which premieres Friday, October 7th at 9pm ET on GSN. Take a look at the similarities and differences from last year:

Hellevator has many similarities and differences compared to last season. The studio ("Slaughterhouse") is the exact same as last season. The differences come with the end game, which is a complete 180-degree turn from last season. The main game still has three challenges, but is structured cheaper versus last year. The end game, with a new title and rules, is worth much more than last season. At the end, the teams of four contestants can win up to the same $50,000 as last season.

Similar to last year: 

1) The introduction: Within the opening seconds, there is the logo (the same logo) and an image of the "Slaughterhouse". The studio is the same location/building as last year. An additional similarity to last year is that the "Hellevator" looks exactly the same as does the Soska sisters' "Control Room". 

2) Overly-scared contestants: The contestants appear really scared, which I see as a downer to the point where it is overly obnoxious (similar to complaints of the loud audience on Winsanity).

3) Challenges: There are still three individual challenges before the end game. These challenges still include a background/historical story relating to the challenge. The contestants are still selected individually to do each challenge, but end up in a different place if they fail to complete the challenge (See "Different from last year" #9). 

4) It's timed: The main game challenges are still timed. Contestants are given about three minutes to physically get to the challenge, complete the challenge and must be back in the "Hellevator" by 0:00.

5) Seeing and communicating with your teammates: The other contestant(s) in the "Hellevator" get to see the other solo contestant (in the challenge) through camera. Just like in the first season, the contestant performing the challenge gets a walkey-talkey to communicate with teammate(s) in the "Hellevator".

6) Body parts, limbs and mice: Hellevator is still gross! One challenge occurred where a contestant needed to pick up organs with their mouth through mixed salad. Another challenge was putting multiple body parts in a meat grinder and making sausage long enough to fit proper measurements. There were real, living mice on the set along with great props like hay, organs, fake dead bodies and food. Good job prop team!


Different from last year

1) Contestants not eliminated in the episode: Last season, contestants who failed their challenge were completely gone for the remainder of the episode. In Season 2, contestants who fail to complete their challenge are locked in the "Inferno cell" and appear in the last ten minutes of the episode. See #9 below for the completely changed Hellevator end game.

2) More screentime for the Twisted Twins: A little more screentime, showing their faces and quirks, which is better.

3) Soska sisters/contestant intros done quicker; gameplay gets going faster: Jen and Sylvia Soska are introduced within the first 30 seconds. All contestants and their backgrounds are introduced at a quick but appropriate pace within the first 30 to 90 seconds of the episode. With the introductions come the fears of each contestant (for example, "does not like being touched by others" or "mice").

4) Seven deadly sins; In this season, the challenges are based on the seven deadly sins. Greed, sloth, wrath, envy, lust, pride and gluttony.

5) Cheaper money ladder: The challenges increase in difficulty and together could earn up to $10,000. The prize levels in the main game are $2,000, $3,000 and $5,000.

6) Soska sisters out of the control room: This is minor and only lasts a few seconds. The Soska sisters do make an appearance out of the control room. At the beginning of the episode, when one contestant is chosen to go into the "Inferno cell" (see below #8), the Soska sisters are in the "Hellevator" welcoming that contestant to come along with other scare actors.

7) Better pace: Although there are still the same number of challenges (that are not much longer, if at all), the pace feels faster than the first season.

8) The "Inferno cell": At the beginning, one of the four contestants is automatically picked to go in to the "Inferno cell", which is a cell where the first contestant (and later contestants who did not complete their individual challenge) are isolated. They do not communicate with other teammates at all until the "Inferno run". If a contestant does not make it through their challenge (challenges are still individual), then they are placed in the "Inferno cell".

9) The whole end game: Now called the "Inferno run", this final round could add up to $40,000, up from the $20,000 for "The Labyrinth" last season (which is no more). The "Inferno Run" lasts seven minutes and reunites all contestants. The goal in the "Inferno run" is for whichever contestant(s) make it through their respective main game challenge(s) to rescue the contestants in the "Inferno cell".  If a contestant wins their challenge, they are placed in the final to help rescue at least one (or two or three) of their teammates. Contestant(s) remaining in "Hellevator" after three challenges must travel through dark to get to the Inferno. The Inferno Run has seven doors (seven deadly sins) with challenges behind them. If one "deadly sins" challenge was completed in the main game, six "deadly sins" remain. There is an additional $40,000 and keys to teammates behind the other doors. The remaining contestant(s), in order to rescue their teammates in the "Inferno cell", must complete gross challenges first (the remaining seven deadly sins) and then find the key. If you find the key, you can keep playing and bank more money or free teammates (this all depends on how much time you have remaining). Whole team must make it back to "Hellevator" in time (7 minutes) to win the money.

Grade: A-. I would prefer The Chase or Chain Reaction back, but Hellevator does deliver what it says in its premise. The pace is better and the producers did not make too many drastic changes to this season, which is what I was afraid of. The core Hellevator audience does not want to see too many changes. Last year's problem was simply bad ratings with post-Halloween scheduling, not the format itself to the scare/horror audience.

Last, of course, if you are the traditional GSN audience, this gets an F grade. However, unlike Skin WarsHellevator is a game show.

If you loved Hellevator in Fall 2015, you will still love Hellevator in Fall 2016.

Photos:

GSN schedule for September 19-25: 'Mind of a Man' gets more slots

GSN must be enjoying latenight Mind of a Man ratings. In a surprising move, GSN will double the Mind of a Man airings (from 2 to 4) starting the week of September 19th:

September 19-25 (new)

Changes:
*Mind of a Man will air Monday latenight at 1am and 1:30am; replacing The Newlywed Game.

Additionally, Idiotest has run out of new episodes. Reruns remain Tuesday at 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm, 1am and 1:30am.

All Times ET

GSN Ratings 9/6: 'Idiotest' improves


More ratings will be provided as they come in

GSN Primetime Ratings for Tuesday, September 6th (All Times ET):
10:00pm Idiotest (new): 315,000 total viewers/0.07 18-49 HH (about 95,000 18-49 viewers); up 33% in total viewers from last week

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

GSN sets 'Window Warriors' premiere for Tuesday, November 15th; judges announced

The Window Warriors logo.
From left to right: Window Warriors
host Garcelle Beauvais; judges
Douglas Little, Tai Beauchamp and
Carson Kressley.
Preview video from GSN, featuring Garcelle Beauvais and judges.

Summary: GSN will premiere Window Warriors, a window-design competition similar to the format of Skin Wars, on Tuesday, November 15th at 9pm ET.

Already announced, Garcelle Beauvais will host Window Warriors. Carson Kressley (as previously rumored) will be a judge. Kressley will be joined by Tai Beauchamp and Douglas Little.

Similar to a Skin Wars format, eight contestants ("designers") will compete and one will win $100,000 at the end of the season. In addition to the $100,000, a contract to design with a mall developer, a New York City holiday design opportunity and a feature story in a retail design magazine. Window Warriors is six hour-long episodes.

Full press release from GSN:

GSN’S NEW SKILL-BASED COMPETITIONSERIES, “WINDOW WARRIORS,” WHERE ART MEETS COMMERCE, PREMIERESTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 9 PM ET/PT
Host Garcelle Beauvais posing
with the eight Window Warriors
contestants.
Judges Carson Kressley, Tai Beauchamp and Douglas Little Join Host Garcelle Beauvais As Eight Top Visual Merchandising Window Designers Compete for $100,000 and More
September 7, 2016SANTA MONICA, Calif. — GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will premiere its new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORSTuesday, November 15 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. 
The network also revealed today the three judges for the series, including Carson Kressley, the Emmy®-winning television star, style expert, best-selling author and fashion designer known to TV viewers for his appearances on “Dancing With the Stars,” “How To Look Good Naked,” and his breakthrough role as fashion guru on the iconic series “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” – he will also appear in the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice”; Tai Beauchamp, a former magazine editor turned style influencer, content creator, public speaker, media personality, and entrepreneur, who engages women around the world with her genuine approach to celebrating inner and outer beauty; and Douglas Little, a master in the world of visual merchandising whose work includes some of the most beloved store windows on New York’s 5th Avenue, as well as design work for movies, TV and Broadway.  His client list includes Van Cleef & Arpels, Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and many more. The judges join host, Garcelle Beauvais (“Hollywood Today Live,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) in determining the country’s top window designer.
In WINDOW WARRIORS, the worlds of art and commerce collide as eight of the country’s most talented window merchandising designers compete to build elaborate displays, earn the approval of the judges and avoid being eliminated.  Each week, the remaining contestants are given a new design theme and materials that correlate with one major retail brand. From the festive, to the luxurious, to the shockingly unexpected, these artists must push their creativity to the limits in order to stay in the game and win the $100,000 grand prize. In addition to the cash, the winner will receive a contract to design displays for a premiere mall developer, a career-changing opportunity to design a holiday display at a major department store in New York City and a feature story in a retail design magazine. 
The eight contestants whose artistic abilities and design skills will be put to the test include:
Brittany Bush (27, Long Beach, CA) – Young, fearless, and already making waves in the industry, Brittany serves as a Visual Merchandiser in Los Angeles. Educated at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she has experience in all kinds of mediums, from metal to resin, clay to rubber, wood and vinyl, to cork, glass, cement and brick. Brittany shines in her calculated mix of art and commerce, knowing that ultimately it’s her job to make the customer leave with product in their bag.
Edward Sajovic (32, Cleveland, OH) – Educated in visual display and exhibition design at The Fashion Institute of New York, and visual merchandising and marketing at The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Sajovic is a seasoned designer and artist with over 12 years of experience creating displays for high-end, luxury retailers. A self-professed “creative Craft-a-rella extraordinaire,” his tools of choice are glue guns, spray paint and glitter.
Erin O’Brien (41, New York, NY) – A stylist and window artist who has worked as a Window Artist, Prop Stylist and Prop Master for windows on New York’s 5th Avenue, as well as ad campaigns and e-Commerce, Erin is an energetic and experienced Display Artist who loves building windows that feature movement and small touches that make a statement. Her attention to intricate detail leaves the customer looking closer - making them think a little more than usual.  Trained by the Visual Image Team at the House of Chanel in Paris, her 20-year fashion industry experience has spanned a variety of major retailers. 
Gerardo Mellado (25, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) – Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Gerardo moved to New York to pursue education and a career as an Exhibition Designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduation, he was hired as the Visual Coordinator for Armani Exchange, overseeing 200 stores worldwide and now serves as the Visual Procurement Manager for a large department store chain in New York. Gerardo enjoys telling a story through the unexpected - mixing old and new media, textures, and graphics for that “ah-ha” moment.
Shani Coleman (37, New Orleans, LA) -  A creative “jack of all trades,” Shani thrives in challenging environments that push her to create designs that are both captivating to the customer and brand relevant. Trained at Syracuse University in Fashion Retailing and Design Operations, she has worked in visual merchandising for a variety of retailers and is known for a fashion forward aesthetic which shines through in all of her work.
Spenser Zalkin (28, Carmel, IN) – With no formal training, Zalkin came into visual merchandising after impressing a department store manager while working at the company’s espresso bar. Formerly Director for Holiday Visual at The Plaza Hotel and now serving as a Visual Stylist for a large department store, he has a vast amount of experience in interior remodels, styling, pop up shops, floor sets, interior design, and fashion shows. He describes his design aesthetic as haberdashery with a twist, relishing in taking unexpected elements and having them interact with the mannequins.
Tara Meagher (26, San Anselmo, CA) – Tara has been focused on a career in visual merchandising since her teens and worked as an intern at Anthropologie while taking classes at a community college.  Upon realizing her life’s passion, she left college early and began working full-time for the retailer, quickly moving up through the company to become a Visual Display Coordinator and then a Visual Manager at Free People. She enjoys creating organic compositions and isn’t afraid to incorporate unusual elements, like repurposing old coffee pots to create a unique water fountain display.
Timothy Howe (49, Los Angeles, CA) – A self-taught “visual ninja” with a background in fine art, Timothy can do it all: designing, painting, sewing, drawing, building, sculpting, woodworking and styling. He began his professional career at Anthropologie in Chicago and has worked with a variety of retailers, eventually rising to the position of Visual Director. He enjoys constructing the props and styling his windows, infusing a bit of levity and surprise in his designs whenever possible.
WINDOW WARRIORS comes from Michael Levitt Productions, the team behind GSN’s most-watched original series ever, SKIN WARS. Executive producers include Michael Levitt (“Skin Wars,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” “Billboard Music Awards”), Jill Goularte and Liz Cook.  Award-winning Visual Merchandising icon Paul Olszewski is consulting producer and the equally prolific Douglas Little also serves as a creative consultant for the show, in addition to his judging duties.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NEW tonight on GSN: 'Idiotest' (3 weeks remain)

Host Ben Gleib explains to a contestant
she should not swear on national television.
but that is what the holidays are like
at his house.
Tonight on GSN, there is a "holiday mash up" themed episode of Idiotest. This episode will air NEW tonight at 10pm ET on GSN. Click here for a GSNVideos preview.

This will be the third-to-last week of new episodes for Idiotest. Only two episodes remain after tonight's new episode.

Monday, September 5, 2016

'Hellevator' is not currently casting

To all of the recent comments either through this site or our email: Hellevator is NOT casting now and will not be casting until/if/when Hellevator is renewed for a third season. We will not know for sure if Hellevator will be renewed for a third season until a long period of time between late October (after the current season) and the spring (annual GSN upfronts-which were on March 8th this past year).

Please contact gameshownetworknews@gmail.com (or leave comment) if you want more help, information or to keep in touch on Hellevator casting.

Season 2 of Hellevator premieres Friday, October 7th at 9pm on GSN.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Renewal odds 9/5/16: 'Idiotest', 'Hellevator', 'Skin Wars', 'Skin Wars: Fresh Paint', 'Winsanity'

Last week's renewal odds

Idiotest: Chance of renewal for Season 4 is 100% (up 20% from last week; newly renewed)

Hellevator: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 100% (flat)

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

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 80% (flat)

Winsanity: Chance of renewal for Season 2 is 1% (flat)

Friday, September 2, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/1: 'Winsanity' slightly below par with GSN averages in 18-49 & total viewers


More ratings will come in as they are provided

GSN Primetime Ratings for Thursday, September 1st (All Times ET):
9:00pm Winsanity (new): 351,000 total viewers/0.09 18-49 (about 115,000 18-49 viewers); down 3% in total viewers from last week

GSN makes smart moves, sometimes

While yesterday I lashed out a "Tweetstorm" (Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3, Exhibit 4) against GSN's move to keep an hour of Idiotest reruns on Tuesday nights with proven bad ratings (Exhibit 5, Exhibit 6, Exhibit 7) leading in to the 10pm new episode. Sitting here Friday midday, after three weeks of bad results in both 18-49 and total viewers, I am surprised GSN has not reversed this change.


Two smart scheduling decisions GSN made involving "New to GSN" episodes of Family Feud and new episodes of Hellevator. If we are talking Hellevator, it is a "smart" move and not "very smart" or "brilliant", because The Chase and/or Chain Reaction should have seen additional seasons in 2016 over (or along with) Hellevator. Mark Labbett agreed with this as recent as yesterday.

"New to GSN" episodes of Family Feud (Harvey's fifth season) will arrive on GSN Monday, October 3rd and will play each weeknight at 8pm and 8:30pm ET. This is great because it starts primetime out the smart way.

Next, Hellevator premieres on a Friday night. I do have my doubts, but with light competition and what should be a very strong lead-in, Hellevator could deliver. Placing Hellevator directly after Family Feud is beneficial enough, but these "New to GSN" episodes, which I am sure will be advertised, will raise ratings in the 8pm hour.

Additionally, no matter which night, I do think Hellevator will perform better an hour later than last season. The 9pm timeslot will benefit Hellevator more than hurt Hellevator.

A smart move GSN made this week was renewing Idiotest. I did fear, with not-so-fantastic numbers for Winsanity, a declining Skin Wars: Fresh Paint over the course of the season and a declining Skin Wars year-to-year, GSN was going to do an original programming overhaul or even go through with the name change in 2017 (in other words, I feared GSN would not renew Idiotest, Skin Wars, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint and make some drastic changes).