As the clock counts down on The Million Second Quiz (0.8/3) so seemingly do the ratings. Five nights in, the live one-hour Ryan Seacrest multi-platform game show hit a new low on Friday. On a night with no X-Factor, no Big Brother, no new So You Think You Can Dance or any other competition, MSQ was down from Thursday’s previous low of 1.1/4. In fact, a repeat of Undercover Boss (0.9/3) actually won the time slot over MSQ last night. With questions like who admitted they had an affair with Jay Leno when she was 25 and who is the new PM of Norway (not the same person BTW), the show also fell in viewers from September 12’s 4.2 million to 4 million last night. Heading towards its September 19 conclusion, The Million Second Quiz continues tonight but is off on Sunday for NFL Football – because nothing gets between NBC and its football.
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A two-hour Dateline (1.4/4) at 9 PM was up 17% over last week to hit its best result among adults 18-49 since May 31. With that and a 1.2/4, NBC was No. 1 for the night among the key demo. The network was also tops and in viewers with 5.79 million watching. ABC came second among the demo with a 0.9/3 while CBS was No. 2 in … Read More »
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“Last night so many of you were playing along on your MSQ apps that you actually crashed the system,” Ryan Seacrest raved at the top of tonight’s Million Second Quiz – the new game show that was supposed to showcase NBC’s social TV cutting-edge-ness but instead embarrassed the network in its premiere one night earlier. “The good news is you made us the No. 1 free app on iTunes,” the host added. Wild applause from the live audience. “But wait, there’s more good news,” said Seacrest, who is maybe the only live-TV host who could pull off that gag with a straight face after last night’s debacle. “They tell me it’s actually fixed – I hope so,” he added, hedging his bets. An NBC exec told Deadline tonight they’d decided to have Seacrest address the snafu at the top of the second show because, “We want to be as transparent with the audience, especially when breaking new ground on network TV with second-screen applications.”
“Breaking new ground” is what NBC did when its app crashed about halfway through the East Coast premiere Monday night. The network had hoped to get the app back up in time for the premiere’s West Coast feed, but that never happened. The app — with which viewers were supposed to not only play along with the live show but continue to play round-the-clock in hope of qualifying to become a contestant on the broadcast competition — did not return until late this morning. Read More »
The American Idol host has closed his deal to host and executive produce NBC’s upcoming live interactive game show The Million Second Quiz, which will feature contestants playing head-to-head trivia bouts inside a massive outdoor hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan and competing non-stop for a million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds).
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The Million Second Quiz premieres Monday, September 9 and continues through Saturday, September 14. It will then resume on Monday, September 16 and will air each night until the finale on Thursday, September 19. The show is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, David A. Hurwitz and Seacrest serve as executive producers. Million Second Quiz will not interfere with Seacrest duties on Idol, where he is in the final year of his current contract, which is the richest for a show’s host. The NBC series falls within the framework of a wide-ranging deal he has with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! networks. NBC had been looking for opportunities to put Seacrest in primetime.
The Million Second Quiz will hit the small screen on September 9 at 8 PM, NBC announced today. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or nearly 12 days. With more than $1 million cash as the grand prize, the live competition show will air each night at in the same time slot until September 14 and then pick up again on September 16 until its two-hour September 19 finale. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street. The four contestants that stay in the game the longest will also live in the structure, literally playing the game 24 hours a day. NBC also says that viewers at home will be able to participate as well by playing along and sync with the primetime show. Successful home players will have a chance to win a trip to NYC to appear on the show. NBC affiliates can also get in on the action by featuring local players from their area. The Million Second Quiz is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and David Hurwitz serve as executive producers.
NBC this fall will be mounting one of the most ambitious unscripted efforts ever attempted. The network has ordered The Million Second Quiz, a new live competition that combines trivia knowledge and endurance. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or 12 days (11.57 days to be precise.) It comes from All3Media America (formerly Studio Lambert USA), the company behind CBS’ Undercover Boss, and Universal TV. Created by Stephen Lambert, The Million Second Quiz will air live in primetime and on NBCUniversal’s digital platforms the rest of the time in a type of coverage reserved for major sporting events like the Olympics. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street, somewhat in the vein of David Blaine’s stunts.
The four players who have remained in the game the longest at any time serve as reigning champions and get to live in the hourglass. To avoid being unseated in the primetime show where one of the reigning champions gets challenged, the four must continue to play 24 hours a day, taking strategic breaks to rest and sleep. Read More »