Monday, January 4, 2016

Updated GSN Ratings 12/25: 'Family Feud' and 'Chain Reaction' shine in Christmas primetime

GSN Primetime Ratings for Friday, December 25th (All Times ET):
7:30pm Family Feud: 535,000 total viewers/136,000 18-49 viewers
8:00pm Chain Reaction (new): 426,000 total viewers/123,000 18-49 viewers; up 31% in total viewers/up 124% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 20% in total viewers/down 10% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
8:30pm Chain Reaction (new): 399,000 total viewers/131,000 18-49 viewers; up 18% in total viewers/up 126% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 6% in total viewers/up 6% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Family Feud: 369,000 total viewers/111,000 18-49 viewers; down 8% in total viewers/down 15% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 386,000 total viewers/89,000 18-49 viewers; up 5% in total viewers/down 20% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in

Overall, Chain Reaction was the shining star in primetime. The two airings of Chain Reaction were both younger-skewing than the three other episodes of Family Feud.

On a side note, The Meredith Vieira Show has been cancelled after two seasons. Vieira's show actually had pretty good timeslots, stuck before or around Steve Harvey's talk show in most markers (and Harvey's talk show performs very well). Meredith's talk show is one of the reasons she left Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? in 2013. 


  1. Showbuzz just reported that Chain Reaction got really good numbers on New Year's Day. 571K viewers and 0.15 18-49 at 8:00, 527K viewers and 0.13 18-49 at 8:30. Maybe there's hope for a renewal, after all.

    1. It is nice to see you posting here again Casey :)

      Those are great numbers and as noted in the recent 1/5 post, Chain Reaction has not hit total viewers that high since July. It appears those two figures are series high 18-49 numbers. It appears the most recent four new episodes of Chain Reaction has had about 30% of its audience under 50 years of age, with a median viewer age of around 55.

      I also think one of the reasons Chain Reaction has done especially well the past two weeks is because Harvey Feud aired on the network all day, which generated a lot of eyeballs to GSN for hours on end.

      The real test for Chain Reaction is over the next four weeks on regular Friday nights with regular, soft competition.

    2. No, it's not nice to see him posting here again. Don't encourage the fat, overly-opinionated troll.

  2. 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.