Rating Report: “Family Feud” Beats “Jeopardy!” and Ties “Wheel of Fortune” in Key Demographics
A few months ago it was teased by analysts that Family Feud could come close to beating Jeopardy!, if not beating it entirely…ending a long history of Sony’s game show powerhouse of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as one and two. Feud has come out of the gate swinging. The ratings are out and the Steve Harvey-hosted game debuted its 14th season with an impressive 3.9 rating. This ranked it as the 4th most watched of all first-run strips. Feud‘s debut week rating is 50% above its 13th season debut and 46% higher in the key women 25-54 demographic. It hasn’t beaten them in overall viewers, but it’s now above them in that key demographic. For the week ending September 16th Feud hit its highest rating since March 9, 1992, when Ray Combs was hosting.
Feud‘s 1.9 key women demographic rating places it above Jeopardy!‘s 1.5 rating and ties it with Wheel of Fortune‘s 1.9. Those two were still in reruns at this time. The 3.9 overall rating is 30% higher year-to-year from its recently concluded 13th season. This still places it in 3rd, but not by far. It’s only off 0.9 from Jeopardy!‘s 4.8. You may want to watch these two this year. This could be a dog fight. Wheel of Fortune is still up high 5.9. Who Wants to be a Millionaire hit a snag, though, dropping 13% in its second week to a 2.0 rating.
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein stated, “We expected substantial ratings growth from Feud with the greatly improved station lineup and are thrilled to see this amazing result for its debut number. Thanks to a phenomenal host in Steve Harvey, Fremantle’s incredible production team and our very enthusiastic station partners, we believe this is only the tip of the iceberg as to where the ratings will go this season.”
Congratulations to everyone at Family Feud for the massive success of the new season and as they prepare the 15th. We look forward to seeing how high this season can go.