Ratings Report: “Family Feud” Moves Up, “Wheel of Fortune” Moves Down
There are major shakeups in the game show ratings rankings for the week ending April 24th. Ever since Nielsen’s new ratings system each run of a TV show into its rating, it’s been a battle between Family Feud and Millionaire as to who would take the third place spot. Millionaire has held it just about since its debut in 2002. Not anymore. At least for this week, Family Feud continued its amazing growth this season and has passed Millionaire to become the third most watched syndicated game show in the country.
Family Feud grew 4% to a 2.4. Millionaire lost 4% of its audience and dipped to a 2.3. Yes, there is somewhat of an asterisk because of the ratings shift suddenly. But it’s the numbers that matter, and the numbers are showing Feud as the favorite for now. We’ll see what happens next season since Steve Harvey, the popular host of Feud, is actually known for the show now. I’m not saying anything of the quality of Millionaire. I’m a very outspoken fan of the new rules. It’s just pretty shocking.
There were more shocking moves. Wheel of Fortune is no longer the highest rated syndicated show. That honor belongs to Judge Judy. But Wheel of Fortune is far from being worried. They lost 4% and fell to a 6.5. Jeopardy! lost just 3% to a 5.7. Fifth Grader has been getting some extra numbers from the new system, but it’s still at a 1.1. Don’t Forget The Lyrics! was at a 1.0 rating. Neither will be back next season. This will be the first syndicated season in a few years without a new game show.
Source : B&C