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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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15 responses to "Ratings Roundup: “Wheel” & “Jeopardy” Premieres, “Let’s Ask,” And “Feud” Climbs High"

  • Scott says:

    I’m not surprised at Millionaire’s low rating. The show has just lost its appeal to me, to be honest.

    I miss the good old days with Regis hosting it… :(

    • Coupon Boy says:

      I think that the main problem is that with all these syndicated shows in the market, in many markets Millionaire is airing in an unfavorable time slot. Where I live it airs right after the noon news at 12:30 on ABC and re-airs at 2:07 A.M.

      • SEAN says:

        I agree. Pay close atention to the fact Millionaire is a game that challenges like Jeopardy! & mostly gets mid day slots while Family Feud has gon the sexual route with it’s questions & has gained more prime access slots. I guess that proves sex does sell. It also shows how so many americans lost the ability to think critically.

        • Homer Jay says:

          Whether or not this Feud incarnation has evolved with the times in terms of content is one matter, but I’d be hard pressed to see any incarnation of Feud as being in the critical thinking category.

          All of that aside, many of the points underscore just how precarious it is to make too many assumptions from numbers without adequate context.

  • Mark says:

    Rather disappointed that Trailer Park Trashy Feud is increasing in numbers.

    • Anderson DelValle says:

      Haters gonna hate.

      • SEAN says:

        Well, I wouldn’t go that far since all you need to do is look at what’s popular & or what makes news today. Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore or Brittney Spears. Need I continue? FF follows in that mold so of course there raitings would go up.

      • Mark says:

        This phrase, so common in the lexicon now, makes no sense. When somebody disagrees with somebody else, or makes a criticism, it’s now labeled as “hate.”

        So, yes, I dislike that Feud has gone from G to R rating. Hate the show? Nope. Just not watching it.

        • Uosdwis R. Dewoh says:

          Dislikers gonna dislike, then. ;)

          And that’s actually not meaning to disrespect your opinion, BTW – you’re perfectly entitled to not like Steve and the contestants talking about things that not everyone in the family would approve of, like joints and, uh, private parts.

      • BG says:

        Expressing an opinion that makes you butthurt is not “hating”, so try again.

        The show is trying too hard to force the toilet humor just to make Youtube watercooler moments. Every once in awhile, fine. Every other episode, it gets old.

  • Interesting thing says:

    The interesting thing is if Neilsen was doing ratings like it should, show vs show, Feud would be right back with Millionaire for ratings…

    • SEAN says:

      correct since the second ep of FF after two weeks start repeating & trail the first ep throughout the season.

      Keep in mind since Judge Judy, stations have been programing by the hour & not the half hour. Hense you end up with the double run that is so common today.

    • Homer Jay says:

      “should” is entirely subjective. Since the purpose is about selling advertising, there was a case to be made that reporting double run shows in a combined fashion makes sense for the national advertisers placing ads in the shows. Locally, the national figures are irrelevant anyway.

  • CarShark says:

    I don”t know if Millionaire’s in trouble, but it seems to me like the quickest way to cure what ails is the name of the game. Someone needs to take home the $1 million top prize in regular play for the first time in over 9 1/2 years.

    • Scott says:

      I think part of the problem is the show’s reduced budget.

      On Regis and Kelly Live, when they had Meredith as a guest, she admitted that the questions were intentionally made harder because they couldn’t afford to give out such large amounts of money as on the original primetime version.

      Couple that with the reduction of useful lifelines, and it’s no wonder why there hasn’t been a Million Dollar Winner in such a long time.

      Although even if you won the million, it would be paid to you over 40 years, if you lived that long, that is.

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