“Don’t Forget The Lyrics!” and “Fifth Grader” Cancelled
The writing has been on the wall for a long time but it was made official this week. Syndicated game shows Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don’t Forget The Lyrics! have been cancelled. Fifth Grader lasted two seasons in syndication, and this was the first and only season for Lyrics!. Both are former Fox game shows which made the jump, similar to Deal or No Deal.
Neither show has done that well in the ratings this season. Fifth Grader started strong in season one, peaking near the 2.0 area, but it nosedived this season. Actually it was almost identical to what happened with Deal or No Deal during its second syndicated season. Most recent rating figures have Fifth Grader frozen at a 0.9 rating, roughly one full point lower than it was for many weeks last year. It has been announced, though, that The Hub has picked up the entire run of Fifth Grader to rerun starting this year. Lyrics never set the world on fire. The most recent rating for the Mark McGrath hosted game was a 0.7.
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader began in February 2007 on Fox as a million dollar game show. It made the leap to syndication in Fall 2009 with a quicker, streamlined format and a $250,000 top prize. Don’t Forget The Lyrics! aired with Fifth Grader on Fox for most of its life. The million dollar music game debuted in July 2007 before leaving the network in 2009, taking a year off, and coming to syndication with a $50,000 top prize in 2010.
For the past few years whenever one syndicated game show left, another took its place. We started with Deal or No Deal and got Temptation, Crosswords, and Trivial Pursuit. It looks like no new game shows will be entering the market in Fall 2011 this time around.
Source : B&C