Syndicated game show ratings came out today for the week of December 28-January 3. Family Feud has taken the top spot in a week where all syndicated game shows rose. As Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Celebrity Name Game have not been renewed for 2016-17, they both hit respective season highs during the New Years' Week, both at a 1.4 household rating.
From New Years' week last year (December 29, 2014-January 4, 2015), Family Feud is up nine-tenths (6.6 from 5.7), Jeopardy! is down a tenth (6.1 from 6.2), Wheel of Fortune is flat (6.4), Millionaire is down four-tenths (1.4 from 1.8) and Celebrity Name Game is up two-tenths (1.4 from 1.2).
For renewal predictions, obviously Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Family Feud are all safe for years to come. I anticipate renewal for Celebrity Name Game. Craig is a consistent performer, has risen throughout the Fall and exactly consistent with last year with early daytime, just 'okay' timeslots. Millionaire is borderline with a continued decline in ratings in syndication in the past years. The only hope for Millionaire is that with Chris Harrison as host, Millionaire has risen from a 1.1 HH rating earlier in the Fall to a 1.2 HH rating throughout the Fall to now a 1.4 HH rating. I do not believe the failure of Millionaire's replacement, FabLife, has much to do with Millionaire's renewal. I do not see stations bringing Millionaire back in timeslots where FabLife was this season (where Millionaire was the season before). I am sure the networks will find something cheaper to fill Millionaire's slots, like Harry and other new talkers.
GSN posts strong averages; up from recent weeks and from January 5-11, 2015.
GSN averages for the week of January 4-10 were very strong. In our first week back from the holidays, GSN averaged 469,000 total viewers in primetime and 365,000 total viewers in total day. That January 4-10 number is up 13% in primetime and up 11% in total day from two weeks ago (no December 28-January 3 average has been provided yet). The January 4-10 primetime average was the highest since the week of June 15, 2015 (when Skin Wars hit a series high). The January 4-10 total day average was the highest since the week of June 22, 2015.
Last week's GSN average is also up 16% in primetime and up 10% in total day from the first full week of January in 2015 (405K/332K for January 5-11, 2015).
Still waiting on Hellevator renewal
Once again, the Soska Sisters from Hellevator tweeted out to a few fans that GSN is expected to announce their renewals in March. They have said this quite a few times as Hellevator remains on hold for renewal with The Chase and Chain Reaction. I have asked around a few members on the production crew, and they do not know anything about a Hellevator Season 2 either. Although I have heard Hellevator is performing well on Hulu.