ABC’s nostalgia-fueled summer game shows will all return next season, the network announced this morning. That includes the Sunday Fun and Games block of three shows, and also one other.
The renewed shows are:
- Match Game, with host Alec Baldwin
- The $100,000 Pyramid, with host Michael Strahan
- Celebrity Family Feud, a special version of the syndicated version with its host, Steve Harvey, and which first debuted its ABC version last summer
- To Tell the Truth, with host Anthony Anderson
In the press release, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said, “We’re thrilled by the performance of each of our game shows and the reception they received from the fans. The success of these shows is due in large part to the strength of our hosts, Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson.”
They are also just a blast to watch, and offer some surprising lessons for all of Hollywood.
Strong ratings for ABC’s game shows
ABC highlighted the ratings strength of all four shows this summer in its announcement of the renewals:
- Celebrity Family Feud has been averaging 8.2 million viewers, and “is Sunday’s most watched broadcast series this summer,” and gets 14 percent more viewers than Big Brother. While Big Brother has more younger viewers, ages 18 to 49, ABC says it “has drawn a larger overall audience than Big Brother on each of their 6 head-to-head match-ups.”
- The $100,000 Pyramid is averaging 7.7 million viewers, and says it has become “ABC’s most watched summertime program in the Sunday 9:00 p.m. hour in 15 years—since Millionaire during the summer of 2001.”
- Match Game is averaging 6.5 million viewers, but is number one in its timeslot among both total viewers and those 18 to 49. It’s also, the network said, “ABC’s highest-rated summertime program in the Sunday 10 o’clock hour among Adults 18-49 in 10 years and most watched in 15 years—since the summers of 2006 and 2001, respectively.”
- To Tell the Truth is averaging 5.2 million viewers, and is up 86 percent versus Extreme Weight Loss last year among viewers and 50 percent among viewers 18 to 49. ABC is also happy because the series “delivered ABC’s best summertime numbers with series programming in the hour in 3 years with Total Viewers and in 2 years with Adults 18-49.”