“Let’s Ask America” Officially Renewed for Second Season
We’ve got some good news to start this morning and it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. The syndicated game show Let’s Ask America has officially been renewed for a second season. There were previously conflicting reports where we weren’t completely sure if it was or not, but it’s become official this morning. Let’s Ask America, which BuzzerBlog readers voted as the “Best New Game Show of 2012,” airs daily on Scripps networks across the country. Each episode sees contestants, who are playing at home via Skype, answer survey questions to win up to $50,000. The Kevin Pereira-hosted game currently airs on eight Scripps-owned stations. This Fall it will expand to two more markets: Detroit and West Palm Beach. All 13 Scripps markets air the weekend edition. You can also watch full episodes, which are refreshed regularly, on YouTube.
Let’s Ask America was part of a duo of shows that replaced costly Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! on several of the Scripps networks. Though overall ratings are, obviously, down, the game is skewing much younger, pulling in positive cash flow to the company, and cost far less than the Sony games. Broadcasting & Cable says that, since October, Let’s Ask America has grown 33% among women 25-54 and 43% in adults 25-54. Scripps is also looking at the possibility of national syndication and international development as well, so if we hit a 3rd season watch out for that.
Congratulations to Let’s Ask America. We’ve been big fans from the start. It’s a genuinely fun, funny, and enjoyable half hour of games and that’s something that doesn’t come around much anymore. Hopefully this will open some more brave companies’ eyes and we could see some other well-produced locally-grown games come around. It’s apparently working and it can only help the genre. Congratulations, again, and we can’t wait to see what comes in season two. Don’t forget: if you don’t get Let’s Ask America in your territory they regularly switch out full episodes on YouTube. Click here to watch.
Source : Broadcasting & Cable