The recent Baggage ratings were nothing spectacular, but the increase of Baggage airtime on the GSN airwaves is a matter to note.
|A Baggage revival with host Jerry Springer|
should be on GSN's radar.
|GSN's most recent attempt at bringing|
back Baggage, Baggage On The Road,
barely clicked with the GSN audience in 2015.
Needless to say, no GSN revival has achieved a second season since The Newlywed Game in 2009. Since 2009, GSN's revivals were one-and-done, including 1 vs. 100, Lingo, The Pyramid, Minute to Win It, Baggage On The Road and Chain Reaction. All six revivals were renewable and none were complete flops comparable to Lie Detectors and Mind of a Man.
One could say GSN could revive 5th Grader, Whammy! or Password. But those are far too traditional for what GSN wants (see Skin Wars). Baggage, a proven success, is a crossroad between traditional and completely non-traditional while having a history of skewing fairly young.
What is interesting about Baggage lately, which is what prompted this post, is GSN's likability towards Baggage, even if it has been filler for the failures of others. Starting this week, GSN decided rerun airtime was up altogether for Chain Reaction (Catherwood) and Baggage On The Road. All six of their latenight slots were taken up by Baggage. Now the 2010-12 version of Baggage covers a total of 8.5% of GSN's weekly schedule.
In the situation that both Winsanity flops (unlikely) and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint is no Skin Wars (50/50 shot), then a Baggage revival is worth a shot. Think about it: We have Idiotest and Skin Wars on year-to-year-to-year decline and for the near future, Hellevator and Window Warriors Season 2 are risky and riskier.
GSN just needs to get it right with a Baggage revival and change virtually nothing. The problem with Baggage On The Road was change, even though it was not that much. I watch the 2010-12 version of Baggage occasionally and say to myself "a new version of Baggage, virtually like this, could work here in 2016." Get Springer back, introduce a similar set and untouched format from the 2010-12 version. Baggage should not have ended after three seasons and the ratings decline were due to horrible schedule shifting, which started in April 2011.