Sunday, January 17, 2016

Appropriate schedule changes for GSN now

As GSN ratings stay strong and the programming execs have made close to zero schedule changes in daytime outside of the few in primetime they have, here are some suggestions I would make that are very reasonable with GSN's mindset (for example, I would not put Match Game in primetime or put Saget's 1 vs. 100 back on the schedule, but those would be nice).

8:00am: Match Game
8:30am: Match Game
9:00am: Card Sharks (Eubanks)
9:30am: Card Sharks (Perry)
10:00am: Press Your Luck (80's)

Reasoning: If a double run of Match Game has been consistent as lead-in to the GSN programming lineup, why not a double run of consistent good performer Card Sharks after Match Game? I never understood having a double run of Card Sharks with putting Press Your Luck in the middle of it, even though apparently that arrangement has been working out for seven months now. I just like this better because double runs of (good) shows build on each other 9 out of 10 times.

10:30am: The $25,000 Pyramid
11:00am: Whammy! (GSN)
11:30am: Whammy! (GSN)
12:00pm: Deal or No Deal (NBC)
1:00pm: Deal or No Deal (NBC)

Reasoning: Deal or No Deal is a very familiar format and recognizable to the general audience. GSN viewers still like it ratings-wise. I am basically swapping the current 12-2pm and 4-6pm weekday blocks; see below.

2:00pm: Catch 21
2:30pm: The Pyramid (GSN)
3:00pm: Chain Reaction (Lane)
3:30pm: Chain Reaction (Lane)
4:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
4:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
5:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
5:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)

Reasoning: GSN needs an even stronger buildup into their primetime lineup. We saw on Christmas and New Years' Day when Family Feud had a marathon on both those holidays all afternoon and through the evening, Chain Reaction performed very well once the Feud marathons ended. Why? Because there were more eyeballs on GSN the entire day and those numbers of eyeballs grew approaching primetime with a consistent Family Feud block. I propose this change because the numbers Family Feud currently gets at 6pm would be stronger with a Family Feud lead-in over Deal or No Deal. The "average" ratings at 6pm (which currently build up to "strong" ratings at 6:30pm, 7pm and 7:30pm) would be stronger at 6pm with a strong Harvey Feud lead-in prior to 6pm, which will lead to even stronger numbers at 6:30pm, 7pm and 7:30pm and very likely stronger numbers into primetime.

6:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
6:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
7:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
7:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
8:00pm: Idiotest [Monday-Friday]
8:30pm: Idiotest [Monday-Friday]

Reasoning: Idiotest is the best original rerun-wise right now in 18-49 and median age with the most episodes (105). When new episodes of Chain Reaction conclude after this month (and until Skin Wars arrives), I think a consistent nightly double-run of Idiotest would benefit Idiotest in the long-run. I would propose all other Idiotest runs get pushed to weekends.

9:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey) [Monday-Friday]
9:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey) [Monday-Friday]
10:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey) [Monday-Friday]
10:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey) [Monday-Friday]
11:00pm: The Chase [Monday/Wednesday/Friday]; Chain Reaction (Catherwood) [Tuesday/Thursday]

Reasoning: For variety reasons, of course. To cut up the massive Family Feud block. Both are constantly good performers and have more than enough episodes to run at this rate per week.

12:00am and after: Same as current (Family Feud (Harvey), Baggage and The Newlywed Game)

Two more proposals:

The Pyramid: Even the casual GSN viewer has seen all episodes of the 2012 The Pyramid remake at least twice since the version has landed in that 2:30pm ET weekday slot in 2013. However, total day ratings stay strong and GSN has not touched mid-afternoons in some time. If The Pyramid does eventually start to ware, then I believe a Catch 21 double-run is one of the few answers.

Minute to Win It: With a number of episodes on the shelf of both the NBC and GSN versions, for variety reasons, Minute to Win It should be added to weekend afternoons in some capacity.


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    1. This was a waste of words. Long drawn out commentary about a dream schedule that's only a nightmare. Leave it alone cuz if it ain't broke don't fix it. And while I'm at it, let's get J T Sandberg banned. He's already been knocked off Forum and a news site, lets add this one. Look at this recent thread from Sandberg:

      Not sure why this hasn't been mentioned anywhere yet, but I wanted to repost it from the front page of Yahoo.

      Los Angeles(Yahoo News-AP)-Long running CBS game show The Price is Right will be having the contest of all contests very soon, only no one will know they are in on the giveaway until they actually win. Fremantle Media Productions has announced the millionth contestant called into bidders row on the daily show will immediately be presented with a check for $1 million. Actually it will be an annuity of $20,000 per year for 50 years, but regardless it's a swell payday for someone who only planned to watch the taping of a game show. When contacted Fremantle would not divulge when this should occur, keeping it under tight wraps to prolong the excitement of the final outcome.

      Can anyone do the math and get a close guesstimate of when this will happen? I'm guessing they are taking the contestant count starting with the '72 premiere and only CBS daytime eps.. I'd love to be in the audience for this.

      Scott RahnerJanuary 15, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      I'm not a fan of TPIR. I just do not watch, but my guess would be within the next year if they are announcing the contest now.
      AnonymousJanuary 15, 2016 at 2:35 PM

      Rahner, do you really believe this? There's no such contest. Not to mention the wording in that article is hardly something that would come from Yahoo news and AP. Sandberg, quit making shit up.
      J T SandbergJanuary 15, 2016 at 7:25 PM

      Actually I cut and pasted directly but had to do it in 2 parts. One sentence seems ungrammatical because it's where part 1 and 2 were put together. There's a missing 'a' between 'it's' and 'swell'. This was one of the stories tossed in between Wal-Mart shutting down stores, Chipotle closing for a day and some TMZ report. Original time posted was about 30 minutes before I copied it to here. If I can make up stories this good I might go into screen writing. I use my real name but you go by anonymous. I wonder who has the most trust.
      AnonymousJanuary 16, 2016 at 12:09 AM

      How do I know JT Sandberg is your real name? And also, why can't I find this story anywhere else but on here? You don't think people would have reported it on Facebook, on game show message boards, and on other blogs, perhaps? I call shenanigans unless you can provide the source.
      AnonymousJanuary 16, 2016 at 6:08 PM

      Sandberg, real name vs. anonymous have NOTHING to do with "most trust." That fat fart Casey Abull thinks the exact same thing. You're as wrong as he is.
      Tammy Cox-BlockerJanuary 16, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      No one else wants to do your math, so here goes. On every one hour edition of TPiR, they call down 9 potential contestants. It would take 111,111 eps. to reach the milestone w/ the next show. Taping seasons vary widely from year to year, as early seasons were 50-52 weeks. For the sake of easy math, let's say they shoot 200 shows per year on avg. from '72 'til today. They would reach their 1,000,000 milestone around the year 2500. They won't be taping this show for a little while, so hold off on ordering tickets.
      AnonymousJanuary 16, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      Thanks Tammy! I bet Sandberg has nothing to say in his defense because his article's been exposed as a fraud.

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  3. This is how i would make the GSN M-F Morning Lineup Better and Ratings more Stronger 8-9 Match Game 9:00 Joker's Wild 9:30 Card Sharks Jim Perry 10:00 Sale Of The Century 10:30 Scrabble Chuck Woolery 11:00 Super Password 11:30 Password Plus 12:00 Blockbusters 12:30 Tic Tac Dough GSN Network needs to go with this Schedule M-F for the Fans Of Classic Game Shows

  4. "Press Your Luck (80s)"?? Is there another one that you know about that we don't??? Wow.

    1. You might know it better as Whammy.....

    2. Right, which is *CALLED* Whammy.

  5. This is nice, I posted a comment stating I wasn't impressed w/ Scott's new schedule ideas and he deleted it. What an a-hole. I'm done here, anyone want to join me?

    1. "This is nice, I posted a comment stating I wasn't impressed w/ Scott's new schedule ideas and he deleted it."

      J Tipler: I did not delete your comment on my own. Blogger sent your comment to spam after you posted. Sorry, but it was a computer error. It's now back up.

    2. J Tipler, he tends to delete comments that bring his "journalistic integrity" (of which there is none) into question.

    3. Hey, the comment is back up. It was an error from Blogger, not me personally. But I personally put the comment back up. I am very open to appropriate criticism. While I get the "If the schedule isn't broke, don't fix it", I believe the above proposed changes would help benefit GSN ratings even more.

    4. Thanks and can we do anything to get the POS fake posters off here?

  6. If you have the CS's back to back, maybe do the Perry version first since it was first chronologically. Also it puts the Eubanks version at 9:30 which is the time it aired in the CT.

    I'd also switch $25,000 Pyramid and Press Your Luck for the same reason (they aired back to back in the 10am hour on the East Coast for several years).

  7. I am assuming your Idiotest/Chase/Chain Reaction are for reruns as the new episodes should be scheduled during the prime time hours (8-10p ET). Maybe you Chase/CR at 9pm during repeats and FF at 10pm/11pm so that when you air the new episodes of Idiotest and (hopefully) CR and Chase they will air in their regular slots.

    1. My post-primetime The Chase and Chain Reaction slots are for reruns (since there are no new episodes for now and I would not air new runs of a show that late unless ratings crash).

      Idiotest: Those are all reruns but I would not mind seeing back to back new runs on only one of those nights from 8-9pm ET and then repeat at 11pm-12am ET.

  8. I really can't understand how GSN's total day ratings are so good. Honestly, I think the current weekday daytime schedule is very tired and boring, especially the afternoons. The afternoon lineup has been pretty much unchanged for the last two years. I mean how many times can people watch the same 40 episodes of Mike Richards' Pyramid without getting tired of it. That one season of O'Hurley Feud has been rerun ad nauseum as well in the 1:00 hour. I really think the afternoon schedule, especially the 1:00 and 2:00 hours could use a refresh. But unfortunately with the ratings holding up well, I'm not sure if GSN sees the need to go to the trouble of making any changes.

    Weekday mornings aren't too bad, although new leases of some of the Fremantle shows like Press Your Luck and Eubanks' Card Sharks would be welcomed. The episodes being shown now have been running since October 2014. Also, with the $100,000 Pyramid returning to the air this summer on ABC with Michael Strahan, I wonder if GSN would consider replacing the $25,000 Pyramid with the Dick Clark version of $100K Pyramid. I think the current $25K Pyramid lease might expire this coming May, and a lease of the $100K Pyramid (preferably the 1985-1986 season that hasn't been shown in forever) might be quite timely considering the new version coming to ABC this fall.

    With respect to the 11:00 AM hour, Whammy is kind of stale and boring there as well, but since it's The Price Is Right "death hour," I doubt GSN would go to any great expense to get anything special for that timeslot anyhow.

  9. I'm surprised ghetto shit network isn't do a black family feud marathon in honor of martin luther king. or will all the blacks be out celebrating their god

  10. I like your proposed morning changes. Only thing I would do differently is reverse the times for $25k Pyramid and PYL so they would air in the same order/slots they originally aired on CBS from 9/83-1/86.

  11. Next week for one week only, BUZZR plans to air Match Game from 8am-9am (same time as GSN) as part of their Casino block. IIRC, both networks air the '78 edition.

  12. I'd shake up the morning lineup. Remove any Fremantle media show and put the other library in their slots. By other library I mean the Jack Barry-Dan Enright collection of Jokers Wild and Tic Tac Dough. Plus, try to reacquire the Hollywood Squares (Henry Winkler era).