Sunday, November 1, 2015

Schedule change-less daytime

While GSN has been focused on their primetime lineup with new-run originals and over-advertising hopeful hits Steampunk'd and Hellevator in recent months, everything before primetime has been remote. Let's take a look at the first twelve programming hours of each GSN weekday, and when they were last shuffled:

8:00am Match Game: Despite an O'Hurley Feud experiment for one week in May 2015, unchanged since April 2013.
8:30am Match Game: Ever since GSN introduced 8am hour programming (2010), unchanged
9:00am Card Sharks: Unchanged since September 2014
9:30am Press Your Luck: Unchanged since September 2014
10:00am Card Sharks: Unchanged since June 2015
10:30am The $25,000 Pyramid: Unchanged since June 2015, but mainly a staple in this timeslot for about five years
11:00am Whammy!: Unchanged since June 2015
11:30am Whammy!: Unchanged since August 2015
12:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged since October 2014
12:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged since October 2014
1:00pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): Unchanged since September 2013
1:30pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): Unchanged since September 2013
2:00pm Catch 21: Unchanged since somewhere in 2009/10
2:30pm The Pyramid: Unchanged since 2013
3:00pm Chain Reaction (Lane): Besides a few short-lived interruptions (Deal or No Deal, Family Feud), unchanged since 2012.
3:30pm Chain Reaction (Lane): Besides the Thursday Catherwood rerun, Lane's Chin Reaction has been consistent in this timeslot since 2011.
4:00pm Deal or No Deal: Besides Dog Eat Dog for two weeks a couple months ago, unchanged since early 2014
5:00pm Deal or No Deal: Unchanged since Fall 2014
6:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Besides The Pyramid, which only lasted eight weeks, unchanged since June 2012
6:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Besides Lie Detectors, which only lasted one short week, unchanged since June 2012
7:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged at 5 days a week since early 2014
7:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged at 5 days a week since early 2014

With GSN's record ratings performances over the summer, the third quarter and October, ratings must be fine with all of these daytime slots. From this, I do not see any major schedule changes happening soon.

Come the spring, the rights to the 2009-10 season of Family Feud expire. Unless GSN renews the rights to John O'Hurley's last season, which is somewhat unlikely, this is where I can see the first window of changes. It could easily be another hour of Harvey Feud or maybe reruns of The Chase could make their way into daytime. I also see The Pyramid getting replaced by Catherwood Chain Reaction down the road, but who knows. 38 episodes of The Pyramid have lasted in daytime for a very long time now.

It would also be nice for GSN to extend the pre-1990's to the noon hour and bringing back missed classics like Super Password and Blockbusters. I do not see 130 episodes of Whammy! lasting forever in a double run (though they lasted long enough weekend mornings) while I think it would quiet some of the "anti-nontraditional" crowd throughout the internet that complain about all the new stuff (Hellevator, Skin Wars, mass amounts of Family Feud, etc.) if the pre-1990's are extended.

Briefly, I do not see GSN touching the current 8am-11am block, unless they are replacing one pre-1990 with another. Sorta-newer shows like Shop 'Til You Drop (15 years old) and Catch 21 (5 years old) did not work in the 10am hour earlier this year while the oldies stick around.

No daytime changes has been a good thing because I think a lot of us can agree we like the current pre-primetime lineup. I sure do.


  1. Casey Abell will almost certainly disagree with this post, because Casey.

    1. Who cares what that flabby fattie thinks??

  2. And why is that? The 7:30 CST MG seemed to be the lone wolf for over 5 years.

  3. i think pre-1990 classics could be in jeopardy in 2016

    1. "I think pre-1990 classics could be in "jeopardy" in 2016.

      no pun intended of course.

  4. I agree that they should expand the pre-1990s shows to 12 pm. Miss seeing 100k Pyramid, Super Password, Password Plus and BlockBusters. Or at least lease a new classic like Whew. Even seeing them acquire Sale of the Century was a nice change of pace, for however long it lasted there. It broke up the monotony of the usual same morning classics.

    But I doubt GSN will do anything to the morning lineup anytime soon...

    1. "But I doubt GSN will do anything to the morning lineup anytime soon..."

      I think it is just to the point where GSN is so focused on primetime, very modern Family Feud and new originals where they will not touch mornings (which must be performing well with the good total day averages lately) until a show starts performing badly.

  5. I thought the 8am Family Feud airing on Fridays ONLY many years ago was the Karn era and that replaced an episode of Dawson Feud?

    I'll say this: watching GSN this past weekend, it was refreshing to see Karn Feud in the 9am slot on Saturday. It was something different and his Feud wasn't that bad. Although, the boys vs girls episode was anti-climatic (especially at the end), when he said everyone would split the money.