Tuesday, July 14, 2015

'The Chase' long hiatus: Was it too long?

http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/gameshows/images/c/c4/The_Beast_and_Brooke_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130811161820Starting in two days, The Chase will return from its four-month hiatus, the second longest ever for the show since its induction to GSN in 2013. The Chase has had the following breaks:

Hiatus 1 start: September 3, 2013 (end of Season 1); Hiatus 1 end: November 5, 2013 (start of season 2). 2 months
Hiatus 2 start: December 17, 2013 (Season 2 break); Hiatus 2 end: January 7, 2014. 3 weeks
Hiatus 3 start: February 4, 2014 (end of Season 2); Hiatus 3 end: July 8, 2014 (Season 3 start). 5 months
Hiatus 4 start: September 2, 2014 (Season 3 break); Hiatus 4 end: November 11, 2014. 2 months
Hiatus 5 start: December 16, 2014 (end of Season 3); Hiatus 5 end: January 26, 2015 (Season 4 start). 6 weeks
Hiatus 6 start: March 10, 2015 (Season 4 break); Hiatus 6 end: July 16, 2015. 4 months.

This current hiatus, "hiatus 6", is the second longest for The Chase. After each hiatus, now matter how long, The Chase has returned very strong and most of the time, increased per week.

It appears GSN, in planning for the whole year of 2015 back in the winter, wanted to save the remaining episodes of The Chase as lead-in to Chain Reaction. It does seems like the two shows would click, just like The Chase and Idiotest.

With thirteen episodes left of The Chase in current existence, I will be curious if the series continues to rise per week. This time around unlike last summer, Game Show Network has a huge following the night before with Skin Wars. Whereas, The Chase was on Tuesdays last summer and the higher-rated Skin Wars was six days before on Wednesday. Hopefully The Chase will get the same love Skin Wars is getting. I do see The Chase starting out strong and building stronger as the weeks go on. It will also be interesting how The Chase ratings effect Chain Reaction and how much Chain Reaction will rise or fall each week. However, I still do not see The Chase hitting the one million mark.

The ratings will tell us if this four-month hiatus was too long. At least The Chase has stayed on the schedule in two primetime slots a week since March. The Chase sticks around (in prime slots too with strong lead-ins) unlike the declining American Bible Challenge and It Takes a Church from season to season.


  1. I think a break this long would be more appropriate for in-between seasons, like they did between Seasons 2 and 3, rather than breaking up each season itself into multiple runs of new consecutive episodes. The way GSN has done it with this show is really confusing; viewers think it's a new season airing, when in fact it's actually just new episodes of the same season that started months ago.

    Almost gives me the impression that producing new episodes is so expensive, GSN is trying to limit how many they film in a year, and stretch them out for as long as they can. At least keeping the reruns on the schedule helps. It wouldn't work for Bible or Church though, as those are shows which typically have a "one-and-done" type of vibe, like Dancing did.

    You'd think that The Chase wouldn't be that expensive though. Sure, the prize amounts are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range (a first for GSN), but most of the time, the teams leave with nothing.

    Idiotest is extremely cheap, but it does well because of Ben's humor. One of the few cases where a comedian is actually a good fit for a game show (like Howie for DonD and Bob for 1 VS 100). I don't know if Mike Catherwood will bring that same type of humor to CR...

    1. If the Lane reruns which get overly abused every day do well, then this version should have a similar fate. Idiotest does well not because of Ben Gleib, but also the show attracts a young audience. Look at the 18-49 numbers and you'll see why. There is really no grand prize on The Chase. You just rack up as much money as possible to prevent The Beast from grabbing it. I agree on the fact that when new episodes return after a long break, they classify it as a season premiere. It is rather a midseason premiere. The March 10th episode was the midseason finale. GSN needs to stop saying that returning shows from hiatus are new seasons. It is just a continuation. Comedians I think make the best game show hosts. They get to joke around with the audience and contestants. Just don't turn it into a stand up routine and they'll do fine. Although Steve pretty much turns Feud into a comedy, the ratings are smoking hot right now. Bible Challenge would not work in reruns. Because they did a Christmas marathon of the show one year and it flopped. Reruns appropriately air on the UP channel, which is some type of inspiration channel.

    2. Tammy Cox-BlockerJuly 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Bible is on Bounce every Sunday morning. And speaking of other channels, is Buzzr doing quick reruns again? Either it's reruns or Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce appeared on darn near every ep of Tattletales.

    3. I guess Buzzr has become the Repeat Channel.

    4. ...or Fremantle's big middle finger channel for classic game show fans everywhere.

    5. It's like the channel is telling us to go screw ourselves.

    6. I know right!

  2. I hope The Chase draws good ratings on Thursday Night's or else they may have to move it back to Tuesday Night's

    1. Thursday in the summer has much less competition than Tuesday. Tuesday has America's Got Talent, Hollywood Game Night and 5th Grader (weak but still a game show).

  3. You know folks, I wonder which of the two religious-themed reality dating shows pissed off god the most, It Takes a Church on GSN or Match Made In Heaven on WE tv?