Ratings Report: “Wheel” Stays Steady, “Millionaire” Stays Strong, “Chain Reaction” Reruns Very Well
Syndicated and GSN ratings are here for the week of January 28th, 2013. Great numbers all around this week once again, so let’s take a look at them. Wheel of Fortune keeps its 7.8 household rating from last week’s season high, but dips a few hundred thousand viewers to just fewer than 12.3 million. Jeopardy! goes down a tenth of a ratings point down to 6.9 and has a 100,000 viewer dip to land at just under 10.7 million viewers. By the way, based on viewership averages, if we compare the ratings of Wheel and Jeopardy! to that of standard broadcast primetime TV, even in a week where the Super Bowl took place, Wheel would be the 11th most-viewed show for this week in viewership averages and Jeopardy! would be #15. Always great to see that these shows are still strong and could hold up against primetime TV’s best any day of the week.
Family Feud dipped for a couple of weeks, but is heading back up on the track with a 5.3 household rating, corresponding with a viewership average of just fewer than 8 million viewers. People are apparently flocking to check out Meredith Vieira’s final season, as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire continues to post higher-than-average figures. This week, they kept with their season-high 2.6 household rating with an average of about 3.5 million viewers. Repeats of Baggage are steady at their 1.1 rating.
GSN’s Thursday night block of new Newlywed Game episodes is winding down, still producing pretty good numbers, averaging 325,000 viewers over the two hours. As usual, repeats of Steve Harvey’s Family Feud helped to dominate the top-viewed programs for the week, but something interesting popped up this week that has been bubbling for a while. Two Thursday afternoon reruns of the GSN original Chain Reaction averaged over 500,000 viewers from 3 to 4PM. For weeks now, many of those afternoon repeats have logged good numbers for that time period, nearly always averaging over 300,000 viewers. Even with its limited episode capacity, Chain Reaction remains a popular afternoon staple. Maybe it’s time for GSN to consider bringing another original back from the dead?
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