Top 10 Shows of 2012: Number 1
For the past ten days we’ve been counting down what you voted the best new game shows of 2012. We’re at the final day of 2012 and we’re ready to reveal what you voted as the best new game show of 2012. During the countdown we also ran a contest to win a copy of the Wheel of Fortune 30th anniversary mobile app. You had to guess this show. Congratulations to Patrick K., Dave S., Tris B., Joshua W., and Cody H. on winning. This is what they guessed, and this is the best new game show of 2012.
NUMBER ONE: LET’S ASK AMERICA
In May 2012 it was announced that several Scripps owned networks would no longer air the popular game show duo Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and, instead, launch their own programming headlined by interactive survey-based game show Let’s Ask America. Hosted by Kevin Pereira each show sees contestants play from home via Skype and attempt to win $50,000 by guessing what the most popular answer is. Replacing the Sony duo is a tall order. How would this new, untested show do, especially after repeated attempts at interactive games have consistently failed?
We were thrilled to see how great the show is and how much fun Let’s Ask America actually is. The game is fun, challenging, gets you talking, and Kevin is great as host. They also, finally, got the interactive game show correct. The entire Skype element does add a very unique feel to the show not seen anywhere else. Most shows have contestants coming from Los Angeles so you get, essentially, the same type of person over and over. With Let’s Ask America you get a real cross section of the country…all ages, genders, and types are getting involved. You don’t get that much anymore. More than that, the show is just fun. It’s not dark and suspenseful. There’s no random outbursts of luck. It’s just people playing a game, joking around, and guessing answers to funny, provocative, and entertaining questions. It’s an old school game show updated for 2012 and they did it as best as you can hope for.
Let’s Ask America has also been pretty successful for Scripps. It’s doing what they wanted to and the ratings are doing pretty nicely. In its few launched markets it is averaging above a 1.5 and, at last count, was at 1.8. Even a highly popular game like Deal or No Deal could barely keep that, and allegedly Let’s Ask America grew through the year. If you can do that you’ve successfully captivated your audience and they’re asking for more. Hopefully we’ll get more in 2013 (and hopefully with a wider launch).
In an exclusive statement to BuzzerBlog, the show told us, “On behalf of ‘Let’s Ask America,’ it is a great honor to have been selected as Buzzerblog’s Best New Show of 2012. This recognition could not have been made possible without our incredible contestants, devoted fans and the Buzzerblog community. In 2013, we look forward to giving more viewers the opportunity to predict what America is thinking and the chance to win up to $50K via Skype from the comfort of their homes!”
Congratulations to Let’s Ask America, we hope for many more years of the show, and thank you for voting. We’ll see you in December for the Best of 2013.