Tuesday, January 5, 2016

GSN Ratings 1/1: 'Chain Reaction' hits highs in 18-49 viewers; six-month high in total viewers (UPDATE: 'FAMILY FEUD' AND ALL NUMBERS NOW AVAILABLE)

GSN Primetime Ratings for Friday, January 1st (All Times ET):
7:30pm Family Feud: 628,000 total viewers/195,000 18-49 viewers
8:00pm Chain Reaction (new): 571,000 total viewers/184,000 18-49 viewers; up 34% in total viewers/up 50% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 9% in total viewers/down 6% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
8:30pm Chain Reaction (new): 527,000 total viewers/164,000 18-49 viewers; up 32% in total viewers/up 25% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 8% in total viewers/down 11% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Family Feud: 480,000 total viewers/102,000 18-49 viewers; down 9% in total viewers/down 38% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 579,000 total viewers/147,000 18-49 viewers; up 21% in total viewers/up 44% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

New runs of Chain Reaction have not hit an episode rating above 500,000 total viewers since July, when the two premiere episodes scored 550,000 total viewers and 517,000 total viewers on July 16th. Two other episodes on July 30th scored a series high 621,000 total viewers and 559,000 total viewers. 

These are the two highest rated Catherwood Chain Reaction episodes in its history in 18-49's. The next highest 18-49 demo number for Chain Reaction was 156,000 18-49 viewers on July 30th.

Chain Reaction was also the youngest-skewing show of all shows above. 


  1. Both 1/1 episodes of Chain Reaction had awful speed round endings. In the first one team bet $100 on the last word when they were down $200 then proceeded to get it right. First off the other member of the team answered nothing right the whole show and wasn't close to getting anything right. The one who bet $100 was an idiot but after Catherwood pointed out the bad bet, the guy should have intentionally missed the word, hoped the other team got it wrong, then would have had a chance to save himself.

    In the other game, the team was down by $200 and only bet $200 on the last word. They should have bet $300. If they get the last word right they win. If they didn't and the other team got it wrong, they could have bet $500 which would have given them the win by $100 if they were right. Instead they lost in a tiebreaker.

    Poor betting round in both of these episodes.

    1. I saw both the episodes you mentioned and the teams were not smart in their betting decisions. Two of the dumbest bets I have ever seen which cost both teams in both episodes the end game ultimately.

      If you bet like that, you do not deserve to win the game.