Ratings Report: “Pyramid” Not Looking Good, Plus “Wheel” Up, Most Others Slightly Down
Syndication ratings came out today for the week of October 1st, 2012. We also have extra information, most not good news, for The Pyramid and The American Bible Challenge, getting recent viewership information on them. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s dive right into this sea of syndie numbers first.
This is the third week of new episodes for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Wheel of Fortune, as it usually does, had the #1 viewership in first-run non-sports programming and the #2 household rating. Wheel was up over another 100,000 viewers over last week with almost 9.8 million viewers and gaining a slight bump with a 6.4 household rating. The third-highest scoring first-run non-sports syndie was, again, Jeopardy! The show was slightly down in viewers, losing about 100,000 viewers but keeping the same 5.6 household rating as last week.
Family Feud is still blowing out all expectations, even with a slight decrease in ratings. In week four of new episodes, they earned a 4.1 household rating, down a tenth of a point from the last week – and losing just fewer than 100,000 viewers over the previous week. It’s still a very fine statistic to be sure. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fell two-tenths of a point down to 2.1, a place it found itself earlier in the season. It can’t go down much lower than that or alarm bells will begin to sound for that show. Repeats of GSN’s original Baggage went up a tenth of a point to 1.1 during its third syndicated week, doing very well for a show with some less-than-savory timeslots.
If you follow us on Twitter, you will have heard some of this previously (an advantage of keeping tabs with us there) but we also have the most recent available ratings for The Pyramid in its 6PM slot, along with this past Thursday’s primetime ratings for that and The American Bible Challenge. Week five’s ratings for The Pyramid, the week starting on October 1st with Josh Malina and Wallace Langham, scored an average of 314,000 viewers in its slot, an average low so far. Its high for the week in that slot was 382,000 viewers, taking 27th on the schedule, while the low was 267,000, taking 98th. Last week (week of October 8th) with Melissa Peterman and Samantha Harris, fared even worse, averaging 279,000 viewers, with a high of 371,000 – 20th and a low of 214,000 – 112th.
The primetime airing that week, which has normally shown very well paired with Bible, did not as both were way down. Bible Challenge got 544,000 viewers in its 8PM Thursday night premiere spot. At 9PM, going head-to-head with the Vice Presidential Debate (something older people, GSN’s main audience, loves), The Pyramid only scored 280,000 viewers, almost half of its primetime number from last week. The VP Debate can be used as an argument, but when coupled with its sagging ratings in the last two weeks, it’s not a good thing.
That’s your game show ratings report for the week of October 1st and even a bit from October 8th. Feel free to give us your thoughts on these ratings and the futures of some of these shows.
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