The following post confirms GSN ending production on The Chase after four seasons. Also, Winsanity is very likely not expected on the GSN airwaves until the third quarter of 2016 as Idiotest, Skin Wars and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint will come earlier in 2016 (in the second quarter). There is also confirmed news about Monopoly Millionaires' Club not coming to GSN. GSN also has interest in MMC host Billy Gardell working on one of their projects.
GSN has officially ended production on The Chase after four seasons consisting of 51 episodes total. This finally confirms speculation over the past six months since the launch of Steampunk'd with GSN losing interest in The Chase and going after younger-skewing originals. GSN very recently published their programming outlook for 2016, which does not include The Chase. The most recent, fourth season of The Chase averaged 633,000 total viewers, this highest rated season yet.
Interest for The Chase started to get lost with the show skewing older than most other originals in 2015, with the exceptions of Lie Detectors and It Takes a Church. Ordinarily, The Chase skewed older than Idiotest, Chain Reaction, Skin Wars, Steampunk'd and Hellevator. Additionally, The Chase has had a history of skewing older than GSN schedule stable Family Feud.
The final 13 episodes of The Chase, which aired in the Summer and then the late Fall of 2015, averaged a 'mighty' 628,000 total viewers and an 'average' 127,000 18-49 viewers. Unfortunately for The Chase, the median age of that stretch of episodes is almost 70 with only 20.2% of the audience under 50 years of age. In other words, on average, four of five viewers for The Chase are over 50 years of age.
There are a couple reasons why The Chase was not renewed. One of the reasons is GSN trying to move away from traditional game shows, like American Bible Challenge and The Newlywed Game, and looking more into projects like mega hit Skin Wars (which has sparked spin-offs Steampunk'd, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint and in-development Window Warriors).
The median age of The Chase is too high for GSN's liking. The second season of Idiotest, which aired throughout 2015 just like The Chase, averaged 340,000 total viewers (about half of The Chase Season 4) but 112,000 18-49 viewers (15,000 18-49 viewers less than the fourth season of The Chase average). There, the median age for Idiotest is much younger with 32.9% of viewers under 50 years of age. Idiotest has been renewed for a third season.
Just like Idiotest, shows like Skin Wars (renewed for two more seasons) and Hellevator (could be renewed at upfronts) track in less overall viewers than The Chase but more 18-49 viewers, causing a younger "median age" audience. This is what GSN is looking for to move their network forward with younger viewers.
Moving away from The Chase
Winsanity, which is currently filming, will not surface on the GSN airwaves until the third quarter. GSN has laid out their current original programming plans (for green-lit shows only) for 2016. Idiotest, Skin Wars and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint are all set for the second quarter. Winsanity is set for the third quarter. GSN's programming outlook for 2016 can be seen through this pdf.
As reported last week here at GameShowNetworkNews, GSN was working on bringing Billy Gardell-hosted syndicated game show Monopoly Millionaires' Club to the schedule for the second time in the past couple of years. However, partially due to the cancellation of Monopoly Millionaires' Club last week and talks between GSN stalled, this is no more. Monopoly Millionaires' Club will likely never appear on GSN due to lack of popularity involved with the series.
GSN is interested in pursuing Billy Gardell to host one of their game shows. By game shows, GSN is looking into Gardell to have involvement (likely as host) in one of their traditional game shows (rather than the non-traditionals Skin Wars, Hellevator, Window Warriors, etc.). It would be easy to get Gardell, considering production for Mike & Molly and Monopoly Millionaires' Club have ended. No word on if this will go through or be announced in the upfronts.