Rumor Control: “Million Dollar Money Drop” Returns This Summer; Gets Board Game
Given the ratings and the overall reception the show got, as it got past its initial week-long event and sped the game up, this may not be a total surprise. An Endemol insider is telling readers, through Bother’s Bar, that the Fox game show Million Dollar Money Drop will return this summer for a new series of episodes. The show averaged around five and a half million viewers generally during its first run, nearly identical to what Minute to Win It got during its initial run this time last year (and still gets). And as we say constantly, Money Drop is cheap in broadcast network terms, it’s good time filler, and it did well enough to deserve another season.
We choose to post about this and the Endemol insider because he’s never been wrong about anything like this before, but it’s still listed as a rumor until network confirmation. He’s clearly on the inside of Endemol and has posted inside information regarding the entire franchise of Money Drop, including the airing pattern of The Million Pound Drop and the fact that it’s been picked up by Channel 4 through at least 2012. He also gave information of NBC’s singing competition The Voice far before it was announced, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet all things considered.
I, for one, am pretty happy to see it come back. Yeah, it started out rocky, but what shows these days don’t? When the show got quicker and started becoming more European with its presentation, including the inclusion of the online interactive game, Million Dollar Money Drop became far more enjoyable. Incidentally this is when ratings started to perk up a little bit and finally settle at the roughly 5.25 million viewer range. To repeat, as well, it’s practically the same rating, if not a bit better on occasion, than Minute to Win It which gets touted around constantly, so seeing it come back isn’t a big shock but it is very welcome. We don’t get many relatively solid quiz shows on the air these days and this is great to see.
Fans of the show may be excited to know that a board game version will be coming out soon also, so stay tuned.