Ratings Roundup: “Wheel” & “Jeopardy” Premieres, “Let’s Ask,” And “Feud” Climbs High
Syndication ratings came out today for the week of September 17th, 2012. As you may recall, both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, along with a show that was replacing them in a few markets’ timeslots, Let’s Ask America, premiered that week. Wheel of Fortune had the #1 viewership in first-run non-sports programming and the #2 household rating. (Isn’t the ratings system fun?) Wheel had over 9.5 million viewers for its premiere week, scoring a 6.3 household rating. Compared to last season’s premiere week, Pat & Vanna lost nearly 600,000 viewers and three-tenths of a household rating point.
The third-highest scoring first-run non-sports syndie is America’s Favorite Quiz Show, Jeopardy! Premiere week this year scored them nearly 8.4 million viewers and a 5.6 household rating. Jeopardy! actually gained over 250,000 viewers compared to last year’s season premiere week. And coming in the #4 first-run non-sports spot is the little game show that could, Family Feud. They continue to set incredibly successful numbers in their second week of new shows, scoring a 4.0 household rating and nearly 5.9 million viewers, which is a 300,000 viewer increase over just the previous week and a new high for the program. It’s important to keep in mind that the Nielsen syndicated rating system factors in programming that has a double-run airing (Feud generally does while a show like Wheel generally doesn’t), but when you consider that Feud has about a 2 million viewer increase over this time last year, their success absolutely cannot be denied.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire scored a 2.2 rating in its third week of new episodes (viewership unavailable), which it has been known to do over the past season or two. It’s not necessarily “danger zone” territory, but of course, it could be doing much better and would be much safer if it was. Baggage repeats also premiered this week, scoring a 1.1. Not terrible for a show which has gotten a lot of graveyard slots. The final show having its premiere in this week of ratings was Let’s Ask America. This show replaced Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! in six markets across the country, taking some of their old pre-primetime slots. In these markets – not a nationwide score – the show is averaging a 1.7 household rating. The original programming often tripled that number in the measured markets, but it’s not bad for what is obviously a cost cutting move.
That’s your syndie ratings report for the week of September 17th. What are your thoughts? Is there something you wish was doing better? Are you impressed with Family Feud‘s rise? Let us know!
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