Monday, July 8, 2013

Karn Feud to noon: "The beginning of the end for classics"

With the news of the Richard Karn Family Feud to 12pm and 12:30pm weekdays, replacing The $100,000 Pyramid and The $25,000 Pyramid, classics, or "Game Shows produced before 1990", will be cutback an hour. No worries, there are still four straight hours of classics from 8am-Noon weekdays and a few more shows pop up on weekends.

Just a theory, but Richard Karn Family Feud moving to noon could mean a few things.

I'll speculate: At 12pm, Karn will do really well, compared to classic Pyramid. I'm sure it will even get some episodes above 300K on occasion. Karn Feud is almost guaranteed to raise ratings for 5th Grader the next hour over.

From there on, who knows if GSN will try to make a Harvey Feud hour somewhere earlier in the day (meaning 11am-3pm), or maybe a Harvey Feud hour at noon and push Karn back to 10 or 11am everyday.

True classic fans (i.e. Press Your Luck, Sale, Pyramid, Password), you may want to hope Karn Feud at noon bombs for the sake of your needs.

With the 4pm hour still in existence for Karn Feud, the noon hour could struggle. Previous examples include Whammy at 3pm, then duplicated at noon and it bombed. Chain Reaction last Spring at 3:30pm, then 11:30am: Failure. Most recently with classic Pyramid at 10am and 12pm: The noon hour, later in the day, performed weaker.

Richard Karn Family Feud does not appear to be getting old anytime soon. All four seasons (2002-06) have been on the schedule since 2007, six years now.

Personally, I thought Karn Feud would have gotten "old" (or worn down in ratings) years ago. That thought floated through my mind around the time Carrie Ann Inaba's 1 vs 100 got bounced from the schedule and Karn Feud rose to six appearances a day per weekday (9:30am, 4pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 10pm, 1am). Well, it's still going strong.

Per week, Karn Feud will average 300,000 to 400,000 viewers a week, mainly towards the second number, with an episode or two peaking around 450,000 or 500,000 viewers in the 4pm hour, Monday and/or Saturday primetime.

I mean, Karn Feud could be worse. It could be Deal or No Deal.


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