The second season of American Bible Challenge ended with spectacular ratings in May 2013, with a season finale up from the previous season finale. It took GSN nearly three months to renew American Bible Challenge. You know why?
After the second season of American Bible Challenge and other projects on the line including Minute to Win It, The Chase, Mind of a Man and It Takes a Church, GSN wanted to move forward to potential future hits than sticking with consistent high performer but older-skewing American Bible Challenge.
Similar to what GSN is doing now with The Chase.
Now, although we never really tracked GSN's 18-49 demographics closely until Skin Wars came around, we know that American Bible Challenge was generally not a young-skewing show, minus the premiere.
Who knows if GSN actually would have cancelled American Bible Challenge if The Chase turned out be a runaway success at the time of its premiere. The Chase premiered to great numbers, but nothing record-breaking like GSN may have expected with a show they renewed for a second season a month prior to the series premiere. The Chase premiered on a Tuesday; ratings were released Wednesday and American Bible Challenge was renewed Thursday. Suspicious?
GSN sure waited on the third season of American Bible Challenge. GSN filmed the entire third season in November 2013 and the season did not premiere until six months later (May 2014). It normally takes a GSN original two months to make it to air after the end of its filming. One good reason for GSN waiting on American Bible Challenge was It Takes a Church, which took forever to get to air. But overall, GSN had poor treatment for the delaying of American Bible Challenge throughout the 2013-14 television season.
GSN's irresponsible failure rate has made the primetime schedule unrecognizable over two year periods. Notice in the summer of 2011, originals either brand new or sticking around in the primetime schedule were 1 vs. 100, The Newlywed Game, Baggage, Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza, Lingo and Love Triangle. In the summer of 2013, it was totally different with American Bible Challenge (not on the schedule at the time but still a big part of GSN), Minute to Win It and The Chase. By the summer of 2015, only The Chase remained from that latter bunch with Skin Wars, Chain Reaction, Idiotest and Steampunk'd around with many others failing in between.
It makes one wonder which of the current originals, if any, will be around come 2017.