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GSN Orders Quiz Show ‘The Chase’, Sets ‘Minute To Win It’ Premiere

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT

GSN enjoyed a robust year of growth in 2012 anchored by hits Family Feud and faith-based show The American Bible Challenge. Season to date, GSN is up 31% among adults 25-54. Today at its New York upfront the network announced an eight-episode order for new quiz show The Chase, based on the UK show of the same name, and a June 25 premiere date for the Apolo Anton Ohno-hosted Minute To Win It. GSN also unveiled six new series in development including a Utah-set dance competition show and family-oriented and dating game shows:
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Apolo Anton Ohno To Host GSN’s ‘Minute To Win It’

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Decorated Olympic athlete/TV personality/Dancing With The Stars champion Apolo Anton Ohno will be the host of GSN’s version of Minute To Win It. The cable network is producing 40 original episodes of the the reality game show, which originated on NBC with host Guy Fieri. It is slated to premiere in summer 2013. Read More »

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GSN Orders New Episodes Of ‘Minute To Win It’; Shine America Producing

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 11:14am PST

GSN announced today that it has put in a 40-show order for the game show Minute To Win It. The new one-hours are produced by Shine America, based on the format owned by Shine’s sister company Friday TV. “Minute To Win It has become a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to be bringing it to GSN’s avid fan base. With original games and some timeless classics, our goal is to make this new season a family favorite,” said Eden Gaha, President of Shine America in a statement today. GSN picked up off-network rights to the competitive game with household items last July. The latest order marks the first time the series has been developed by a U.S. cable network.

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GSN Acquires Off-Net Rights To ‘Minute To Win It’

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 10:27am PDT

GSN Minute To Win ItSanta Monica, CA – July 17, 2012 – GSN announced it has acquired off-network rights to 68 one-hour episodes of the hit game show MINUTE TO WIN IT from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”), the game features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize. MINUTE TO WIN IT will air in four-hour blocks on Tuesday nights from 7 pm to 11 pm (ET) on GSN beginning on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm (ET).

Related: GSN Sets Premiere Date For ‘The American Bible Challenge’

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Talent’ And ‘Buried Treasure’ Rise, ‘Big Brother’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

Summer staples America’s Got Talent and Big Brother moved in opposite ratings directions last night. NBC’s Talent results show (2.8/8, 11.8 million viewers) at 9 PM was up 12% from its fast national 18-49 number last week (up 8% from the finals as the reality series always gets adjusted up). Its lead-in, Minute to Win It (1.3/4) was down a tenth. Meanwhile, CBS’ Big Brother (2.8/9) at 9 PM was down 12% from its season high last week to tie Talent as the highest-rated program of the night. NBC (1.9/5, 7.9 million) also tied CBS (1.9/5, 6.5 million) in the demo for the night while finishing No. 1 in viewers. There was encouraging news for Fox’s underperforming new reality series Buried Treasure (1.2/4), which was up 20% from last week to a series high. ABC’s special Primetime Nightline: My Extra Ordinary Family posted a 1.4/4 18-49 rating at 10 PM.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises & Ties Season High, ‘Talent’ Slips

By | Thursday September 1, 2011 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Big Brother (3.2/10 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers) was the top program last night. It was up 10% from last week in the demo to tie its season high on any night. Since Big Brother tends to go up in the finals (Vs. last week’s fast nationals, last night’s episode was actually up 14%), the reality series may post a new high when the Live+same day ratings are released later today. Despite airing repeats at 9 PM and 10 PM, CBS (2.0/6, 6.4 million) still topped the night in 18-49. NBC (1.7/5, 6.9 million) was second in the demo, barely edging Univision (1.6/5), and tops in viewers with Minute to Win It (1.4/4) and America’s Got Talent (2.5/7). Minute was down a tenth, while Talent was down 14%. Like Big Brother, the talent competition tends to rise in the finals, so fast nationals-vs-fast nationals is a more fair comparison. That way, Talent was down 11%. In  its second week, Fox’s new reality series Buried Treasure (1.0/3) was even with its underwhelming premiere. ABC aired comedy repeats followed by a new Primetime Nightline (1.5/4), which posted a series high.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s Reality Series ‘Buried Treasure’ Off To Weak Start

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s unscripted series Buried Treasure became the latest new broadcast show this summer to underperform, drawing a 1.0/3 among adults 18-49 in its premiere last night. It finished last in the 8 PM hour behind CBS’ Big Brother (2.8/9), NBC’s Minute To Win It (1.5/5) and ABC’s repeat of The Middle (1.2/4). Buried Treasure was also lower than the debut of NBC’s similarly themed It’s Worth What? (1.8/6) last month. Minute to Win It and America’s Got Talent (2.8/8) were both up from last week, by 15% and 12%, respectively. With a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) also improving the 10 PM slot by 14% vs. the finale of Love in the Wild last week, NBC (2.0/6, 7.3 million viewers) edged CBS (1.8/5, 6.3 million) for No. 1 on the night. Big Brother, which was followed by drama repeats, was down 10% from last Wednesday and tied NBC’s Talent for the top spot in 18-49. ABC aired comedy repeats with a new Happy Endings (1.4/4) sprinkled among them. It was up 27% from the rerun episode last week, though some of the boost may have come from its lead-in, a Modern Family repeat (1.9/5), which was up 12% week-to-week.

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Nellie Andreeva

In the face of depressed August HUT levels, one more network, Fox, went into rerun mode on Thursdays following the end of So You Think You Can Dance. The decreased competition gave CBS’ Big Brother a boost: The veteran reality series was up 11% from last week. Despite being followed by drama repeats, Big Brother led CBS to No. 1 finish for the night in both adults 18-49 (2.0/6) and total viewers (7 million). NBC (1.7/5, 6.2 million), which featured an all-original lineup, was second, paced by America’s Got Talent (2.4/7), which was even with its fast nationals result from last week (down 4% from the final). Minute to Win It (1.2/4) and the finale of Love In the Wild (1.4/4) were both flat from last week. Fox aired repeats as did ABC, with the exception of Primetime Nightline (1.3/4), which also was even with last week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Most Originals Inch Up

Nellie Andreeva

Reality series got a ratings bump across the board last night. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance Top 4 performance show (1.9/6 in 18-49) was up 6% from last week and gave Fox a nightly win in 18-49. CBS’ Big Brother (2.7/9) was up 8% and ranked as the top program of the night, leading CBS to a close second-place finish for the night in 18-49 (1.8/5) and a win in total viewers (6.7 million) despite featuring repeats in two of three hours of primetime. NBC’s Minute to Win It (1.2/4) was up 9% and Love In the Wild (1/5/4) was up 7%, while the show they flanked, veteran America’s Got Talent (2.4/7), was even with its fast national result last week, down a tenth from the final. (It is expected to rise again in the finals.) Univision had a strong night with the USA-Mexico soccer game, finishing tied with NBC for third place in 18-49 (1.7/5).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Dance’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Drop

Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Big Brother (2.5/8 in adults 18-49, 6.7 million) inched up 4% to rank as the highest-rated program last night. It buoyed CBS (1.7/5, 6.1 million) to No. 2 for the night in 18-49 despite being followed by repeats. Fox (1.8/5, 5.4 million) was No. 1 with two hours of So You Think You Can Dance‘s Top 6 performance show, which was down 14%. NBC (1.7/5, 6.1 million) was No. 1 in viewers but saw all of its series drop. Minute to Win It (1.1/4) was down 8%, America’s Got Talent (2.4/7) was down 14% to a season low, and Love In the Wild (1.4/4) was down 13% to a series low.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘Talent’ Steady, ‘Big Brother’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

Fox won Wednesday night with the Top 8 performance show of So You Think You Can Dance (2.0/6), which featured Lady Gaga as a guest judge. Both SYTYCD and NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) were even with last week and will probably end up higher when the finals are released later today. Talent once gain ranked as the top-rated program of the night. It was flanked by Minute To Win It (1.1/4), which was down 15% vs. its most recent original two weeks ago, and new NBC reality series Love in the Wild (1.6/5), which was up 7% from last week. Meanwhile, CBS’ Big Brother (2.3/8) was down 12%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Better With You’ Fights For Its Life With 19% Ratings Jump

Nellie Andreeva

Bubble shows are getting their final chance to make a case for renewal this week, and ABC’s comedy Better with You did its best last night. The multi-camera comedy, considered a long shot for renewal, drew a 1.9/6 in adults 18-49, up 19% from last week for the biggest week-to-week gain among all programs last night. ABC’s Wednesday comedy block was up across the board last night except for the other series that needed it, freshman Happy Endings (1.7/4) at 10 PM, flat with last week despite a stronger lead-in. At 10:30 PM, the comedy pulled a 1.4/4, also even with last week. The Middle (2.1/7) was up 5%, Modern Family (4.2/11) up 8% and Cougar Town (2.4/6) up 9%.

Fox’s American Idol (6.9/20, 22.4 million) was up 8% from last week’s fast national demo number (because of Idol‘s rise in the finals, the apples-to-apples comparison is with its fast national results.) Breaking In (2.4/6) held steady, even with last week. The network once again won the night in all key measures. CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island (3.0/9) was down a tenth from last week for a series low but may bounce back a tenth in the finals. Criminal Minds (3.3/9) was up a tenth while Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2.1/6) was down 5%. Following a new Minute to Win It (0.9/3, down 10%) and a Minute to Win It repeat (1.1), which actually did better than the original, Law & Order: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ Off To Slow Start, ‘Breaking In’ Drops In Week 2

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s established comedies, Modern Family (3.8/10) and The Middle (1.8/6), returned with originals lower. Modern Family was down 14% from its last first-run episode March 23, The Middle down 10%. Sandwiched between them was Better With You (1.5/4), which aired its first original in more than a month, since March 2, and was down 12% from that. All three series hit season lows. In its quest to successfully launch a new comedy series, ABC is premiering two new hopefuls behind Modern Family this midseason. Following the short run of Mr. Sunshine, it was Happy Endings‘ turn last night. At 9:30 PM, the premiere of the new single-camera comedy drew a 2.7/7 in 18-49. That was down 27% from the debut of Mr. Sunshine in the slot and down 7% from the premiere of the short-lived comedy series Romantically Challenged last April. (Though thats series launched after Dancing with the Stars.) Also last night, ABC kicked off its three-hour Wednesday comedy block. A second new episode of Happy Endings in its regular 10 PM slot fetched a 2.3/6. It was followed by a Modern Family rerun (1.8/5).

Fox’s American Idol (7.1/20, 22.4 million viewers) once again dominated the competition. Its numbers were identical to the reality juggernaut’s fast nationals last week. (Idol always goes up in the finals.) Versus the comparable telecast last year, Idol was down 3% in 18-49 and up 9% in viewers. At 9:30 PM, new comedy Breaking In (2.8/7) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Freshman Series & ‘Survivor’ Hit Lows, Univision Third Again

Nellie Andreeva

A two-hour American Idol (7.5/21 in adults 18-49, 23.6 million viewers) delivered another dominating Wednesday win for Fox. The Top 11 performance show (redux) was down 5% from last week’s Top 11 performance episode and 1% in total viewers. But in the apples-to-apples comparison to last week’s fast national numbers for the show, which always climbs in the finals, Idol was down 3% in 18-49 and up a fraction in total viewers.

CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island (2.9/9) was down 6% from last week and is the show’s lowest-rated regular telecast ever. Criminal Minds (3.4/9) was down 6% from its last original two weeks ago. With a new Criminal Minds as a lead-in vs. a repeat last week, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2.3/5) was up 5%.

Following reruns of The Middle and Modern Family, Mr. Sunshine (1.4/4) was down a steep 33% from last week when it followed a new Modern Family for a new series low. Midseason drama Off the Map (1.3/4) was down 13% to tie its series low.

NBC aired a new Minute to Win It (1.1/3), down 8% from last week, a rerun Law & Order: SVU and a new SVU (2.4/6), down 8%.

For a second time this week, Univision finished third for the night in adults 18-49. Last night, it outpaced ABC and NBC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Middle’ & ‘Survivor’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s two-hour American Idol performance show (7.7/22 in adults 18-49, 23.5 million viewers) was up 1% from last week in 18-49 and 4% in total viewers. Vs. the same week last year, Idol was down a modest 8% in the demo. Fox dominated Wednesday night in 18-49 and total viewers.

In its first original airing in Daylight Saving Time, ABC’s 8 PM comedy The Middle (2.0/6) was down 13% from its last fresh episode on March 2 to hit a season low. Following a Middle repeat at 8:30 PM, Modern Family (4.3/12) was actually up 2% from its most recent original on March 2. With a new Modern Family as a lead-in vs. a rerun last week, Mr. Sunshine (2.2/6) was up 22% from last week. But vs. the last time Mr. Sunshine followed a new Modern Family original, the Matthew Perry-starring midseason comedy was down 13%. Boosted by a stronger lead-in from Mr. Sunshine, ABC’s midseason drama Off the Map (1.5/4) at 10 PM was up 15%.

CBS’ reality veteran Survivor (3.0/9) was down 6% from last week to a series low. Following a Criminal Minds repeat (2.1/6), midseason drama Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2.2/6) was down 12% from last week when it had an original lead-in. It was beat in the 10 PM hour by NBC’s veteran Law & Order: SVU (2.6/7), which was up 8% from its most recent original on Feb. 23. Like the Criminal Minds spinoff, Law Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Slips But Still Dominates

Nellie Andreeva

With a two-hour American Idol (7.4/21 in adults 18-49, 24.9 million viewers), Fox easily won last night in 18-49 and total viewers. Versus last Wednesday’s performance show, Idol was down 9% in the demo. (All week-to-week comparisons this week are probably affected by the switch to daylight saving time. TV use in the 8-10 slot last night was down 4% from last week.) Compared with the comparable telecast last year, Idol was down also 9% in 18-49.

The time shift also likely impacted the rest of the 8 PM shows last night. CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island (3.1/10) was down a tenth from last week for a new series low; NBC’s Minute to Win It (0.9/3) was down 10%, also for a series low; and the CW’s America’s Next Top Model (0.8/3) was down 27%. (ABC aired comedy repeats in the 8 PM hour.)

CBS’ Criminal Minds (3.6/10) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, while its spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2.6/7) shot up 18% with an original Minds as a lead-in versus a repeat last week. Following a Modern Family repeat, midseason ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine (1.8/5) was flat with last week and tied a series low. Ditto for midseason drama Off the Map (1.4/4) at 10 PM. NBC aired Law & Order: SVU repeats at 9 PM and 10 PM.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: With Established Lead-Ins In Repeat, Midseason Series Slip

Nellie Andreeva

With most of its main competition in repeats, Fox’s American Idol does feel like the only game in town these days. Last night’s two-hour Top 13 performance show (8.0/22 in adults 18-49, 24.2 million viewers) dominated, up 3% in 18-49 and 6% in total viewers from last Wednesday’s performance show. Versus the comparable telecast last season, Idol was off by just 1% in the demo and up 6% in total viewers. (See Reinventing Idol: Will the Reality Veteran Finish Up In the Ratings Without Simon?)

Against Idol, CBS’ Survivor, just renewed for next season, drew the second-highest rating of the night, a 3.2/9 in 18-49, down 3% from last week. With Criminal Minds a repeat, spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2.2/6) was down 15% from last week (when it had an original lead-in) for a series low.

Similarly, following a Modern Family repeat, new comedy Mr. Sunshine (1.8/5) was down 25% and is now tracking below Cougar Town in the slot. At 10 PM, struggling new medical drama Off the Map (1.4/4) was down 18% from last week for a series low. (ABC aired The Middle repeats in the 8 PM hour.)

CW’s America’s Next Top Model (2.3 million, 1.3/4 in 18-34) perked up, up 18% from last week in the demo and posting its largest audience this season. Top Model also beat an original of NBC’s Minute to Win It in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0) to finish fourth in that demo … Read More »

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NBC Renews Reality Series ‘Biggest Loser’, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ & ‘Sing-Off’

Nellie Andreeva

NBC has renewed three reality series: veteran The Biggest Loser, the Lisa Kudrow-produced docu  Who Do You Think You Are? and singing competition series The Sing-Off. “Alternative series such as these three bona fide hits are important not only to their loyal audiences but also as strong components of the NBC schedule,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said.  “They are each unique, attention-getting shows with terrific producing and talent auspices, and we’re proud to be associated with them.”

The pickup of Biggest Loser was a given. Even though the one-time powerhouse is down this year, it still averages a 3.1/8 in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers to rank as one of NBC’s strongest series. The Sing-Off also was expected to be picked up after a solid limited run in December when it averaged a 3.2/9 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers, 28% up from its first season.

The early renewal of Who Do You Think You Are? is a little surprising. The series airs in the low-trafficked Friday 8 PM slot and has averaged 1.4/5  in adults 18-49 and 7.0 million viewers. But according to NBC, the unscripted genealogy show based on a British format is the network’s most watched Friday series so far this season.

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RATINGS RATE RACE: Solid Debut For ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff, ‘Survivor’ Premiere Hurt By ‘Idol’, ‘Mr. Sunshine’ Takes Dive

Nellie Andreeva

The premiere of CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior drew a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers last night. It dominated the 10 PM hour, built slightly on its lead-in, mothership Criminal Minds series (3.2/9, 12.8 million) and ranked as CBS’ top-rated program of the night. Vs. the premiere of The Defenders in the same slot in September, Suspect Behavior was up 14% in the demo.

CBS’ Survivor was impacted by its new regular competition, Fox’s American Idol. The debut of Survivor: Redemption Island (3.2/9, 11.2 million), the first season premiere of the veteran reality show to face Idol, was down 29% from the show’s spring premiere last season in its old Thursday 8 PM slot. It was Survivor‘s lowest-rated opener and lowest-rated regular telecast ever.  Survivor didn’t go down without a fight. It dinged Idol a bit, with the 8-9 PM portion of the singing competition slipping 14% from last Wednesday.

Fox’s American Idol aired a two-hour episode (8.1/23, 22.8 million), which was down 4% from last week’s hourlong show. Vs. the comparable episode last season, Idol was down 21% but that episode was highly promoted as it featured the debut of Ellen DeGeneres as new judge. Extending Idol from an hour to two-hour this week pushed the 9 PM shows down. For instance, Criminal Minds was down 11%.

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