Thursday, April 17, 2014

GSN Ratings April 7-13, 2014: 'Catch 21' is #1

For the week of April 7-13, Catch 21, as a weekday rerun, was the number one program on GSN for the entire week and also the only show above 500,000 viewers for the week. Steve Harvey's Family Feud took the top 6 of 10 slots, while The Pyramid (GSN) took 3rd, John O'Hurley's Family Feud took 5th and Baggage took 9th.

There were only fifteen airings above 400,000 viewers this week.

Mind of a Man (airings):
Tuesday 3:00am: 83,000 viewers
Tuesday 3:30am: 93,000 viewers
Wednesday 10:00pm: 276,000 viewers (new)
Wednesday 10:30pm: 343,000 viewers (new, highest)
Wednesday 1:00am: 225,000 viewers
Wednesday 1:30am: 174,000 viewers
Thursday 12:00am: 273,000 viewers
Thursday 12:30am: 240,000 viewers
Friday 1:00am: 97,000 viewers
Friday 1:30am: 109,000 viewers
Saturday 12:00pm: 201,000 viewers
Saturday 12:30pm: 147,000 viewers
Saturday 8:00pm: 173,000 viewers
Saturday 8:30pm: 116,000 viewers
Saturday 12:00am: 212,000 viewers
Saturday 12:30am: 159,000 viewers
Sunday 1:00am: 138,000 viewers
Sunday 1:30am: 98,000 viewers
Average: 175,000 viewers

Minute to Win It (Ohno) airings:
Tuesday 8:00pm: 396,000 viewers
Tuesday 11:00pm: 184,000 viewers
Saturday 2:00pm: 166,000 viewers
Sunday 12:00am: 105,000 viewers
Average: 213,000 viewers

Daytime and Dark
8:00am Match Game: 123K
8:30am Match Game: 191K
9:00am Blockbusters: 188K
9:30am Press Your Luck: 231K
10:00am Sale of the Century: 188K
10:30am $25,000 Pyramid: 192K
11:00am Super Password: 174K
11:30am $100,000 Pyramid: 153K
12:00pm 1 vs. 100 (Inaba): 140K
12:30pm Lingo (Engvall): 226K
1:00pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): 216K
1:30pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): 270K
2:00pm Catch 21: 377K
2:30pm The Pyramid (GSN): 341K
3:00pm Deal or No Deal: 292K
3:30pm Deal or No Deal: 300K
4:00pm Shop 'Til You Drop: 210K
4:30pm Shop 'Til You Drop: 222K
5:00pm 1 vs. 100 (Saget): 212K
6:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): 306K
6:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): 385K
7:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): 367K
7:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): 397K
11:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): 274K
11:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): 358K
12:00am Baggage: 306K
12:30am Baggage: 278K
1:00am Family Feud (Harvey): 232K
1:30am Family Feud (Harvey): 237K
2:00am Family Feud (Harvey): 202K
2:30am Family Feud (Harvey): 204K
3:00am Baggage: 181K
3:30am Baggage: 165K

Primetime (8-11pm, except Sunday)
Monday Family Feud (O'Hurley/Harvey): 300K
Tuesday Minute to Win It (Ohno)/The Chase/Family Feud (Harvey): 338K
Wednesday Family Feud (Harvey)/Mind of a Man: 390K
Thursday Newlywed Game/Family Feud (Harvey): 360K
Friday 1 vs. 100 (Saget)/Minute to Win It (Fieri): 237K
Saturday Mind of a Man/1 vs. 100 (Saget): 197K
Sunday Shop 'Til You Drop/Newlywed Game: 307K


  1. Good to see Catch 21 take the top slot. I hope this tells GSN that too much Harvey Feud is hurting their ratings and shows like Catch 21 is what GSN needs to get better. Of course, now that I've said that, watch Catch 21 leave the schedule within 2 months.

    Press Your Luck was the highest rated classic. I have no idea why GSN is moving it to weekends and putting Whammy in its place. I doubt Whammy will do well at 9:30am.

    The Pyramid did really well this week. I wouldn't be surprised if it were to return to the weekday schedule soon, maybe at 3pm or 4pm.

  2. Shop Til You Drop did very well on Sunday. Mind of a Man did pretty decent, but i'm expecting it to be gone sooner or later. Minute To Win It did very well on Tuesday Night as well.

  3. Those classics ratings are putrid. Casey really does have a good point going.

    1. No, he does not. Newer shows on in those times would do even worse. That has been the case time and again.

    2. "No, he does not. Newer shows on in those times would do even worse. That has been the case time and again."

      We'll see soon enough, won't we? But you can hardly blame GSN for trying something different in the weekday morning window. They don't expect huge numbers from those hours but probably want something a little better than the 180K average this week. Not to mention slightly less ancient demos.

      In fact, Karn Feud - hardly a "recent" show, anyway - did okay business at 9:30 AM for a few years, regularly building on its poor lead-in from Dawson Feud at 9:00 AM. Who knows how the new schedule will perform beginning April 21? But you can see why GSN tried the shuffle with numbers like these.

    3. Typically modern shows (post-2000) do poorly in the 11:30am (ET) timeslot. I remember around 2012 GSN tried a string of shows then, including Chain Reaction, Jeopardy! and Woolery Lingo at 11:30am and none really stuck.

      One part of the schedule I do not agree with now is the 11:30am to 1pm (ET) weekday lineup (Woolery Lingo-Inaba 1 vs. 100-Engvall Lingo). Two shows within recent history that appeared to work there have been Karn Feud and Shop 'Til You Drop (both had double runs in the noon hour). If I were GSN, for a better transition from pre-2005 shows in the morning to O'Hurley Feud and Catch 21, I would have aired Karn Feud/Shop from 11:30am to 1pm, in one order or another.

      I do think Whammy! will improve ratings in the morning and build a better lead-in to The $25,000 Pyramid. It's from 2002, anyway, so it's pretty old to everything else GSN shows after 6pm (ET) on their schedule. Plus, it's not a bad show and not really rerun as much as it could be.

    4. 100K Pyramid isn't exactly setting the world on fire at 11:30 PM, either. Let's face it, it's always a tough slot for GSN. There's this little game show on CBS at the same time. Why not try something else and see what happens...unless you're ideologically committed to pre-1990 shows, which GSN is definitely not.

    5. Nothing has ever set the world on fire at 11:30am, it seems. I've always wanted to see GSN try a double-run of Super Password in the 11am hour and see if the second episode tops the first. That's how most half-hour double-runs work on cable.

    6. Casey, they tried Chuck's Lingo last year at 11:30am - guess it didn't work so well since they replaced it with $100k Pyramid last summer. Don't know why it would do better this time around, honestly. Any reason you have? Maybe they could have tried half hour Deal or No Deal, and kept Pyramid in the afternoon.

    7. I checked a few old weeks on Douglas Pucci's blog. You're right that Chuck's Lingo didn't do all theat great at 11:30 PM. The week of April 8-14, 2013 was typical with a 163K average. But that's no wrose than what 100K Pyramid has been doing lately, so they might have figured, let's try it and hope.

      Said it before, say it again. GSN's secret dream for the morning may well be an hour of last year's Wheel of Fortune at 10:00 AM. Everybody knows how great (somewhat recent) Wheel did for that completely unadvertised marathon back on Black Friday, 2010. But Sony guards the crown jewel zealously.

    8. The reason the 2010 Black Friday Wheel of Fortune marathon (all episodes in that marathon were from 2006) did well is because it was a holiday and very few people were working that day.

      GSN tried modern Jeopardy! at 11:30am and it didn't work, usually getting the exact same ratings Woolery Lingo and $100k Pyramid got there.

      What I'm saying is that if modern J! didn't work, then I doubt modern WoF would work either.

    9. GSN has run a lot of shows on Black Monday mornings and afternoons. They didn't get anywhere near the numbers that Wheel got...with zero promotion. That marathon topped out at 600K+.

      Anyway, I do have to smile whrn I hear Whammy called a "recent" or a "modern" show. The thing is more than a decade old now. By normal TV standards, that makes it practically Paleozoic.

      Yes, I understand that we're not using normal standards on the game show Interwebs, but let's keep some perspective. Whammy would be a golden oldie on a lot of networks.

    10. GSN has run lots of marathons of shows like Minute to Win It, The Newlywed Game, Baggage, Deal or No Deal, and none of them have done very well because they don't have as big of a fan base as Wheel of Fortune. Harvey Feud always does well in marathons, but Steve and GSN are essentially made for each other. I think if GSN were to run a Jeopardy! marathon on Black Friday this year, ratings would get around 600k-700k viewers.

  4. In general it was the worst week GSN has endured for a while. There's an aching soft spot in the afternoon with Shop Til You Drop and 1 vs. 100. Frankly, an hour of Chain Reaction and an hour of Pyramid would probably do a lot better, though that schedule would burn through the 40 Pyramid eps in a hurry.

    While I like the return of Chain Reaction, I don't understand why GSN is yanking Pyramid, one of its best performers, out of the afternoon completely. Maybe they're afraid of burning out the limited number of eps, but the show doesn't look burned out yet.

    GSN appears to be just waiting around in prime time for the return of American Bible Challenge and The Chase, plus a couple of other debuts. Prime time seems soft except for old reliable Harvey Feud.

    1. Daytime: Shop 'Til You Drop isn't really working out anymore. It started off well but has really hit rock bottom weekdays (plus Sunday nights, which go away one 'Bible' comes around). As I said in a post above, Shop 'Til You Drop did well at noon when it was used a transition from pre-1990's to O'Hurley Feud. Alongside Karn Feud or Super Password, I think Shop 'Til You Drop would perform respectively, at least more so than it does now.

      Primetime: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays seem to have little or no problems with the current lineup. In fact, this past Tuesday, a new run of MTWI and a rerun of The Chase saw 400K+ numbers. O'Hurley Feud and Newlywed Game reruns are always doing well.

      Wednesday only collapses because of Mind of a Man, same with Saturday primetime. Friday is a low-rated night for TV in general, but 1 vs. 100 (Saget) and Minute to Win It (Fieri) hold up, but if I were GSN I'd swap out the Fieri MTWI for their own version with Apolo.

      Something needs to be done Sundays. Newlywed Game hasn't done well until later in the block.

    2. I realize that Shop Til You Drop has quite a cult following on the Internet, but I never really understood why. The show does have a nice pace, but none of the games are particularly interesting. I think GSN viewers - not the few cultists on the Internet - sampled a few eps and said, ho-hum. Its fans should probably be happy if the show manages to stick around at all.

      I'll reiterate my comment that prime time looks soft except for Harvey Feud, despite occasional good numbers for Minute To Win It. The Chase has held up pretty well in reruns, but I'm sure GSN wants to get new eps in prime time as soon as possible.

  5. STYD belongs in the mornings. Switch Whammy and STYD slots and that could work.
    STYD: Dee Baker kills the show with his infatuation by dressing in drag and loving it.
    That and the easy trivia ala Tic Tac Dough.

    1. Dee is playing a part. It's not his decision to dress in drag. He dresses and acts how he is told.