Ratings Report: Sweeps are Kind to “Wheel” & “Millionaire”, “Feud” With Another Series High Thumbnail

Ratings Report: Sweeps are Kind to “Wheel” & “Millionaire”, “Feud” With Another Series High

They are delayed this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the ensuing time off, but we finally have this week’s set of game show ratings to report. These numbers are from the week of November 12, 2012, smack dab in the middle of November sweeps. We’ll start off with great news for the wheel that keeps on spinning after 30 years in syndication, Wheel of Fortune. This week, they posted a 7.2 household rating, which is a season high for them. They gained almost a half million viewers over last week, with almost 11.3 million viewers watching. Jeopardy! stayed somewhat steady over the previous week, losing a tenth of a point and going to a 6.3 household rating, but keeping the 9.6 million viewers they had last week.

The biggest success story in a long time is, of course, Family Feud. It seems like this is the 20th time we’ve reported this, but they have again broken previously standing records, going to a 4.7 household rating, a brand new series record. This corresponds with a 300,000 viewer gain, going up to over 7 million viewers. The increased visibility of the show with better timeslots and stations this season has really done the show wonders. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire also had a great week, moving up a tenth of a ratings point to 2.4, a season high, with almost 3.3 million viewers. Let’s Ask America is also doing very well, going up a tenth to 1.8 in the markets in which it airs regularly. Baggage repeats stayed solidly at a 1.1 household rating.

We also have a couple of GSN notes for you. In this week, Newlywed Game averaged 285,000 in its Thursday primetime slot, with the highest viewed show with 338,000 viewers, the low with 260,000 viewers. The average is down over 100,000 viewers over an impressive performance from the previous week. Four nights later saw the return of Beat the Chefs to the GSN schedule, being burned off at 8 and 9PM Monday night. There is clearly no more hope for this show, as even though these throwaways got some decent promotion from the network, they only scored 196,000 viewers in the first show and even fell to 143,000 viewers for the second episode.

That will do it for this week’s ratings report. Check back in next week to see what effect Thanksgiving festivities and programming will have on the syndicated fare.

Sources :

TV by the Numbers
Broadcasting & Cable
Son of the Bronx

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