Today, December 19th, 2015, marks the 10 year anniversary of Deal or No Deal coming to the American airwaves on NBC. Howie Mandel hosted the series, both on NBC and syndication, for 6 seasons.
Deal or No Deal premiered on NBC right before Christmas 2005, scheduled as five shows the week before Christmas that led to very successful ratings. Deal or No Deal continued its popularity in the late winter and spring of 2006 with even more satisfying ratings.
The success of Deal or No Deal into its second season, in the 2006-07 television season, can contribute to the success of NBC launching 1 vs. 100 with Bob Saget, which had a couple successful years ratings-wise (but not as successful as Deal or No Deal).
Deal or No Deal continued on NBC in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 television season for a third and fourth season. Along with its fourth and final season airing in 2008-09 on NBC, a syndicated series of Deal or No Deal, nearly hosted by Arsenio Hall but ended up to be Mandel, ran from 2008 and only to 2010, suffering low ratings.
Deal or No Deal was very interesting because its top prize throughout its NBC run was $1,000,000, while on many occasions the amount surpassed the million mark. The top prize capped out $6 million and other times, during the "Million Dollar Mission", where there were multiple million dollar cases.
|Jessica Robinson was|
the first million dollar
winner on Deal or No Deal.
was the second and last
million dollar winner
on Deal or No Deal.
Deal or No Deal was something completely different to the game show and television world in the United States, while reviving Howie Mandel's career too. Deal was not the simple question and answer format or another word associated game. Suitcases, models and no need for smarts, Deal or No Deal was a legendary hit that has expanded into much more than a television show, including arcade and video games.
If you are still up for catch an episode of Deal or No Deal, GSN still runs the NBC version weekend mornings and weekdays at 4pm and 5pm ET.