Thursday, October 6, 2016

GSN Ratings 9/26: 'Family Feud' weak against First Presidential Debate

The week of September 26-October 2 had the worst primetime average since December 14-20, 2015 (a tie) and worst total day average since September 29-October 5, 2014 for GSN. Hellevator hurt Friday night as well big time (much worse than Feud below), but the first Presidential Debate (most watched ever debate) negatively affected GSN. Debates always hurt GSN. In 2012, American Bible Challenge scored its lowest rated episode of Season 1 and Season 2 (Spring 2013) versus a Vice-Presidential Debate on October 11, 2012. Just how negative the effect? Steve Harvey Family Feud had half the ratings compared to an ordinary primetime performance.

GSN Primetime Ratings for Monday, September 26th (All Times ET):
8:00pm Family Feud: 307,000 total viewers/105,000 18-49 viewers
8:30pm Family Feud: 312,000 total viewers/114,000 18-49 viewers
9:00pm Family Feud: 223,000 total viewers/57,000 18-49 viewers;
9:30pm Family Feud: 252,000 total viewers/61,000 18-49 viewers
10:00pm Family Feud: 256,000 total viewers/64,000 18-49 viewers
10:30pm Family Feud: 297,000 total viewers/84,000 18-49 viewers

Primetime average: 275,000 total viewers and 81,000 18-49 viewers

The biggest dropoff is at 9pm when the debate started (debate lasted 9-10:30pm ET). At 9:30pm and 10pm, there was a slow gradual rise (as the debate went on). At 10:30pm, there was a more significant rise after the debate concluded.

Percentage of viewers under 50 years of age (and approximate median viewer age):
8:00pm Family Feud: 34.2% (52 years old)
8:30pm Family Feud: 36.5% (48 years old)
9:00pm Family Feud: 25.6% (64 years old)
9:30pm Family Feud: 24.2% (65 years old)
10:00pm Family Feud: 25.0% (64 years old)
10:30pm Family Feud: 28.3% (61 years old)


  1. Too much Steve Harvey and the horror show hurts GSN's ratings. I believe the network needs more game shows that don't focus on crude humor, horror, or rerun abuse.

    Make GSN Great Again!

  2. Seeing those ratings now, as bad as they are, I kinda wish they would've just thrown in the towel and shown some rarely-seen/low-rated stuff. Those are the types of numbers they used to see for $25,000 Pyramid in primetime.

  3. These ratings are so low, GSN would have been better off simulcasting the debate.