Thursday, February 4, 2016

UPDATED GSN ratings for 1/29 for 'Family Feud', 'Chain Reaction' and 'The Chase'

GSN Primetime Ratings for Friday, January 29th (All Times ET):
7:30pm Family Feud: 615,000 total viewers/162,000 18-49 viewers
8:00pm Chain Reaction (new): 516,000 total viewers/107,000 18-49 viewers; down 8% in total viewers/down 20% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 16% in total viewers/down 34% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
8:30pm Chain Reaction (new): 495,000 total viewers/99,000 18-49 viewers; down 4% in total viewers/up 13% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 4% in total viewers/down 7% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:00pm Family Feud: 525,000 total viewers/113,000 18-49 viewers; up 6% in total viewers/up 14% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
9:30pm Family Feud: 612,000 total viewers/128,000 18-49 viewers; up 17% in total viewers/up 13% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
10:00pm The Chase: 478,000 total viewers/113,000 18-49 viewers; down 22% in total viewers/down 12% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
Primetime average (8-11pm only): 517,000 total viewers/112,000 18-49 viewers

The first season of this Chain Reaction revival (only including the 38 primetime episodes) averaged 442,000 total viewers and 98,000 18-49 viewers.

Also to note, in the Democrats versus Republicans-themed episode of Chain Reaction, the Democrats won. This makes Democrats 2-0 on GSN originals with political themes (a Democrats team also beat the Republicans on a 2014 episode of Idiotest).

Percentage of audience per show under 50 years of age:
7:30pm Family Feud: 26.3%
8:00pm Chain Reaction (new): 20.7%
8:30pm Chain Reaction (new): 20%
9:00pm Family Feud: 21.5%
9:30pm Family Feud: 20.9%
10:00pm The Chase: 23.6%


  1. If GSN execs actually had a brain in their heads, seeing as how they're airing ZERO new episodes of their original series for the next 2 months, they would actually look into acquiring some other game show for the time being, which they can advertise as at least being new to the network itself. Surely it's not THAT expensive to acquire the rights to SOMETHING. Even picking up an old 90s game show or earlier, and popping it into the morning schedule, just so they can run a promo advertising it, like they did with the promo they made for Sale of the Century.

    Instead, we get absolutely nothing. So as a game show fan, there's no reason to actually watch GSN until April, and we're assuming that Idiotest is returning in April, and not being pushed back till later in the year when Winsanity and Divided are completed (the only REAL game shows GSN is producing this year).

    Maybe GSN is being lax because they blew the network budget on acquiring too much Feud and the primetime networks are holding back on their game shows until later in the year as well (I'm still waiting for NBC's The Wall, which I'm assuming will air sometime in May/June to compete against 500 Questions and ABC's other 4-5 game shows which will debut this summer).

    1. The main reason why we are not seeing GSN acquire a new show, either very modern, 2000's or classic, is the fact that GSN's ratings (total and 18-49) are higher than ever. GSN had one of their best months ever in January and they should have had a press release about it (but didn't for some odd reason yet they had one about the 2/14 Feud "marathon").

      Winsanity is definitely coming along and starts taping tomorrow. For Divided, I am not so sure if that will make it to air at all. I have not heard much about Divided except that it does not have a high likelihood of making it to air.

      "Maybe GSN is being lax because they blew the network budget on acquiring too much Feud..."

      Family Feud is expensive to acquire for sure, but to my knowledge GSN has not spent a dime on Feud rights since 2014. GSN's agreement in 2014 (when they only had the rights to the 2010-11 & 2011-12 Harvey seasons at the time plus some Karn/O'Hurley seasons) was that at the end of September for the following three years then, they would get to air the season of Family Feud that premiered two years prior that Fall.

      That's how the 2012-13 season came around to GSN in September 2014 and the 2013-14 season came around last September.

      Within the past year, GSN also had to renew their early 2012 agreement with the first two seasons of Harvey Feud.

      Rather than acquiring anything new, GSN is very satisfied with their ratings now, even though the schedule seems boring to people like us. GSN's financial focus is more Feud down the road, more Skin Wars and more RuPaul (who is probably the most expensive yet valuable person of the GSN family right now).

    2. I have to agree with Scott T. GSN needs something new to add to their schedule. If the network doesn't renew the rights for the last season of O Hurley Feud, something new will air at 1 pm. I like to see The Chase or Idiotest get the 1 pm slot since both shows have enough episodes to air weekday. Heck, even reaquiring 5th Grader would be nice seeing how GSN took that away for no reason despite excellent ratings. But since it's GSN and they love Steve so damn much, it'll probably be another hour of Feud.

    3. GSN got rid of 5th Grader very prematurely in 2013, meaning GSN will not bring back 5th Grader I will say right now for sure. Also, I know for sure GSN execs consider the 2007-09 version of 5th Grader "old" already.

      If the final season of O'Hurley Feud rights do expire in the coming months (since it has been three years), I could see either The Chase or more likely Deal or No Deal picking up another early afternoon slot.