Monday, April 13, 2015

It's not cancelled: Chris Harrison to host 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?''s the third new host in three seasons for Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

Chris Harrison, best known as host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for the past decade and a half will host syndicated quiz show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? You can read the Deadline article here. Harrison will host new episodes this coming Fall; Millionaire will be in its fourteenth season in syndication. Harrison will also continue to host The Bachelor(ette).

Regis Philbin hosted the ABC version from 1999 to 2002, a humongous hit in ratings at its peak in 1999-2000. Meredith Vieira hosted the syndicated version for eleven seasons from 2002 to 2013. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 2013-14 season. Terry Crews is hosting the current 2014-15 season.

Many game show experts thought that Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? was on its way out, averaging high 1's for household ratings this season (while Family Feud has averaged 6's, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune have both been consistently in the 7's while the much cheaper Celebrity Name Game had mid 1's, usually two or three tenths below Millionaire. Meanwhile, ratings for Celebrity Name Game rose throughout the season while Millionaire, this year and last year, have fallen). In Meredith Vieira's last season, the 2012-13 season, Millionaire averaged mid-2's HH ratings. With Cedric in 2013-14, Millionaire averaged high 1's and low 2's. With Terry, Millionaire has rarely cracked a 2.0 and has averaged a 1.7 usually).

Predictions: Millionaire will do well an average episodes from 2.0 to 2.5 next season at the syndie game shows' usual peak (during the late Fall and Winter months). If this does not succeed (which it should and I have a feeling Harrison will be around for a while), then it has to be the last season of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

On the sidebar polls, 59% of voters said Who Wants to be a Millionaire? would get another season, which it did. Also, on a poll where voters could select if they want certain version(s) of Millionaire (back) on the GSN schedule, 82% agreed for GSN re-acquiring the Philbin episodes (and 18% opposed), 46% wish for the 2002-10 Vieira episodes (54% opposed), 32% for the 2010-13 Vieira episodes with the new format (68% opposed), only 7% wanted the Cedric episodes and 3% for the most recent season with Terry Crews as host.


  1. They should have kept Cedric.

  2. Im.pissed.its not.on nbc

  3. please have meridith viera return to millionaire........Love her and the show!!