"Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" Renewed through 2019
From the Hollywood Reporter
Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire isn't going anywhere.
The long-running game show has been renewed for a 17th
season on ABC-owned stations. Also ordered is another
season of viral video show RightThisMinute. The renewals
will keep the pair of reality series on the air through
Millionaire, currently in its 16th season in national
syndication, is hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison.
The series, produced by Valleycrest Productions,
continues to be the only game show that offers a $1
million prize to each and every contestant. Since the
program debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have
won more than $95 million. James Rowley serves as an
According to ABC, both shows are posting year-to-year
household ratings gains and are among only four out of
more than 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that
have generated ratings increases this year.
The Futon Critic
Sony Pictures TV
Back to Work
Legendary Host Returns to
Jeopardy! After Brain
From KARE Minneapolis
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek
is back and taping new episodes of his enduring game
show following a serious head injury caused by a fall.
Trebek recently disclosed he had surgery in December for
a subdural hematoma caused by a fall.
Laughing with the audience during Tuesday's taping,
Trebek quipped “One good thing [came] from this: I’ve
now had successful surgeries from head to toe.”
His injury sparked a social media outpouring of support
from everyone from former contestants to concerned
"It was so nice to see the good wishes from so many
of our former contestants... Watching the video
overwhelmed me, as did all the thoughts and nice words
that so many of our fans have posted."
– Alex Trebek http://bit.ly/get-well-Alex
Due to Jeopardy!’s aggressive taping schedule viewers
will not notice an interruption in new episodes due to
the host's injury.
International Business Times
NATPE Announces Reality
"Wall", "Drag Race" Get
The winners of the fourth
annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards were unveiled at
NATPE Miami during a ceremony hosted by Dan Abrams,
chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish
Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E.
The winners were revealed during a special luncheon
ceremony at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The NATPE
Unscripted Breakthrough Awards honor programs and
celebrate people that broke through the clutter and
altered the expectations of what constitutes a reality
Awards were presented in the categories of innovation,
competition, documentary, docusoap, factual and game
shows. The winner in the competition category is
RuPaul’s Drag Race, while the documentary award went to
The Defiant Ones. In the docusoap area, the Real
Housewives franchise took home the prize, while Last
Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Wall won for
factual and game shows, respectively. Leah Remini:
Scientology and the Aftermath won for innovation, which
was a new category this year.
TUESDAY: This Is A Game
"Game of Games" Helps NBC to a
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.802 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) continued its reign on
Tuesday with new episodes from "Ellen's Game of Games"
(8.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2),
"This Is Us" (9.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
2.5, #1) and "Chicago Med" (7.876 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).
Second place then went to FOX (3.754 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with originals from "Lethal
Weapon" (4.973 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#5), "LA to Vegas" (2.772 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mick" (2.297 million viewers,
#16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).
Next up was ABC (3.623 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.114
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Fresh Off
the Boat" (3.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#T6), "Black-ish" (3.758 million viewers, #10; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.874
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and
"Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.560 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).
Meanwhile, CBS (8.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (9.721 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "NCIS: New
Orleans" (8.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T9) and "Bull" (5.817 million viewers, #7; adults
18-49: 0.7, #15).
And finally, The CW (2.390 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of
"The Flash" (2.474 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T11) plus the debut of "Black Lightning" (2.305
million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).
The Futon Critic
MONDAY: ABC Gives Us A
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.460 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat
on Monday with originals from "The Bachelor" (6.559
million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "The Good
Doctor" (9.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7,
CBS (5.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2)
then was the number two draw with the return of "Kevin
Can Wait" (7.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3,
#3), "Man with a Plan" (6.648 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.891
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "9JKL"
(5.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and
"Scorpion" (5.557 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
Next up was NBC (5.068 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T3) with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.825
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Better
Late Than Never" (5.474 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Brave" (3.905 million viewers,
#10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T3) offered up a new "The Gifted" (3.397 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) followed by the
season finale of "The Gifted" (3.387 million viewers,
#12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).
And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.147 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a new "Valor"
(1.044 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on
The CW (1.595 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4,
#5) rounded out the night.
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.511m
WEEKEND: Black Jacket
CBS Wins Night, Fox Comes
Second in Demo
From the Futon Critic
CBS (9.126 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on
Friday with its mainstays "MacGyver" (8.091 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0"
(9.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and
"Blue Bloods" (10.023 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
FOX (2.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2)
then took home the silver with a new "Hell's Kitchen"
(3.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and a
repeat "9-1-1" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 0.6, #T9).
Next up was NBC (3.525 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T3) with the winter premieres of "Blindspot"
(3.567 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7),
"Taken" (2.757 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5,
#11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.252 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).
Meanwhile, ABC (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Child Support"
(4.119 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5),
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.294 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (3.263 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).
And finally, a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.696 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat
"Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.959 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW
(0.827 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (P/Nick): 1.112m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.070m
- Amazingness (MTV): 557k
On cable Sunday..
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.845m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.141m
Three Faces of Game
"Your Face or Mine" Renewed
From British Comedy Guide
Jimmy Carr and Katherine
Ryan are set to film two more series of Your Face Or
Mine, the TV comedy show in which couples must judge
their own attractiveness.
Filming on the new batch of episodes is due to start in
February, with Series 3 expected to be shown on Comedy
Central from March. A fourth series will be shown at a
In total, 22 more episodes will be recorded.
Producers confirm: "The smash hit game show, Your Face
Or Mine, is back to put more relationships to the test
once again. It's the cult-classic, couples-based comedy
format in which your face can win you cash. Hosted by
Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan, couples are forced to
compare their looks with other people's - and ultimately
with each other's - over a series of revelation-filled
The channel adds: "In addition to the audiences'
favourite rounds, the two new series will also feature
brand new rounds designed to ramp up the awkwardness
even more. The new series will not only see more members
of the public face Jimmy and Katherine's
relationship-testing game but there will be even more
celebrity couples putting their love on the line for a
chance to win money for their chosen charity."
Comedy Central aired the first series of the format from
May last year, with the second - which had been
commissioned and filmed at the same time - starting in
October. The channel has labelled the series a "huge
success", with over 3.7m individuals calculated as
having seen an episode.
Katherine Ryan comments: "Jimmy and I are back and we're
fully committed to improving the lives of couples by
handing them cash (and trying to break them up!). Some
will tell the truth and risk being dumped and others
will lie to save their relationship but either way we're
in for more awkward encounters this series".
When it was launched, the format was described as a
"Tinder-inspired" reboot of the E4 show that Carr hosted
with June Sarpong in 2002 and 2003.
Speaking at the time of the first series, Jimmy Carr
said: "I'm delighted to be bringing back Your Face Or
Mine to Comedy Central. In an age when people are
forever judging individuals on how they look, placing
attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and
forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not
make them do all of those things, to their loved ones,
on national television and for money?"
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Someone's Clock Was Ticking"
Three weeks before
"Beat the Clock" premieres, Paul Costabile beat his
own clock. The host & his new wife are new parents! (People)
one-eyed monster meets the Internet (PopCulture)
REVIEW: The Wave (W) (Radio
Happy birthday Betty White! (WTSP
Tampa St. Petersburg)
likes to play against herself in the Chase app (Mirror)
OF AWESOME: Padma Lakshmi supports "Top Chef"
contestant's cancer battle (Reality
a mom. Again. (Reality
"Bachelor" castoff from this week heading to the "Winter
heads from "Paradise Run" to a DWI charge (The
star in "Drag Queens on a Plane" and expand "Drag Race" to
dates upwards (Reality
A FINAL FEW GOOD
MINUTES WITH Rose Marie (Newsweek)
Games Gone By:
Temptation: The New Sale of the Century
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie
What happens when you take
one of the 80s most popular game shows, slap a "Price Is
Right" pricing game title on it, get a young-ish host to
control it all...and then make sure everyone has the
chance to buy the most expensive prize available after
just three or four visits? Why, you get "Temptation: The
All-New Sale of the Century", the latest of the "Games
Gone By..." that ruined the show it was mimicking. Chris
Wolvie explains why...
Games Gone By
We'd Tell You Nick's
Newest Game Show Host, But We Can't See Him
John Cena to Host "Keep It
From the AV Club
Nickelodeon’s Double Dare
was probably the slipperiest, sloppiest, and slimiest
game show in TV history, an iconic piece of the
network’s identity that showed a generation of kids and
families how much fun it can be to put on a jump suit,
answer some trivia questions, and just dive headfirst
into a big, snot-filled nose or whatever. Now, though,
Nickelodeon has announced a new game show that is
essentially a rejection of everything Double Dare and
Nickelodeon itself once stood for. In other words, as
horrifying as it sounds, it’s literally a show about
Titled Keep It Spotless, the show will be hosted by
difficult-to-see wrestling man John Cena, and a press
release says it’ll be about “kids competing in a variety
of physical and paint-filled challenges” where the goal
is to not touch any paint. At the end of each round,
some kind of machine will scan each kid and
scientifically determine how much paint got on them,
with the winners being the ones who stayed the cleanest.
Clearly, “PC culture” has finally gone way too far.
In addition to hosting Keep It Spotless (which will
premiere later this year, Cena will also appear on
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a bad guy named Baron
Draxum, and he’ll host the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards in
THURSDAY: A Big Hit
(and Not the Good Kind)
CBS Wins, "The Four" Takes a
From the Futon Critic
CBS (9.833 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was Thursday's top draw
thanks to new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory"
(15.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1),
"Young Sheldon" (14.018 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 2.5, #2), "Mom" (9.534 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.135 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "SWAT" (6.330
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).
Second place then went to ABC (5.580 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with an encore of "Child
Support" (3.486 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#13) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding
Story" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4,
Next up was FOX (3.274 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.0, #3) with week two of "The Four: Battle for
Stardom" (3.088 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T11) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for
Stardom" (3.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1,
Meanwhile, NBC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (3.853
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Good
Place" (3.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#10), "Will & Grace" (4.131 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Great News" (2.394 million viewers,
#14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Chicago Fire" (5.225
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).
And finally, The CW (1.273 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with "The 23rd
Annual Critics' Choice Awards" (1.273 million viewers,
#15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.012m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 982k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 902k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 847k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 415k
Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Next Cover Story..."
tries to stretch the story of how a former game show model
turned respectable actress and a prince fell in love... in
an hour... on the next "Cover Story" (The
Jojo Siwa takes on Nick Cannon on "LSB Shorties" (The
is racing to NatGeo to host the new series of "Explorer" (The
A FEW GOOD
MINUTES WITH Gwendolyn Osborne Smith (Rare.us)
and Keri-Anne Payne (BT)
"Joker's Wild" to Return for
Season 2 This Spring
From the Futon Critic
Turner's TBS has renewed the
hit unscripted series' Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's
Wild and Drop the Mic for second seasons. The network
re-launched its unscripted business in 2017 with the
re-imagined, classic game show reboot and the
celebrity-led rap battle competition. They soon emerged
as the top two unscripted cable comedies in 2017,
reaching an average of 2.5M viewers per episode across
TBS's linear, VOD, and digital platforms and have earned
over 200 million social and Youtube views to date. Drop
the Mic climbed digital audience score rankings week
over week, holding the #1 spot three weeks in a row,
based on all prime-time comedies that aired new
"Our relaunch of TBS' unscripted efforts hit the ground
running with the series premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents
The Joker's Wild and Drop The Mic, and we never looked
back," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of
unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "And Season 2
is going to be filled with next-level celebrity beef
under the guidance of Method and Hailey, and much, much
higher stakes courtesy of some extra Snoop-a-fied gaming
led by the Dogg himself."
Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite
game show growing up, hosts the TBS version, Snoop Dogg
Presents The Joker's Wild, set in his very own casino
that includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice and
playing cards. Snoop-a-fied questions and pop culture
knowledge rule the floor with all the action controlled
by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G. Snoop Dogg
Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures
Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop
Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time
Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning,
America co-host Michael Strahan. Also
executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance
Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for
Drop the Mic is based on the enormously popular segment
from the Emmy(R) winning and viral hit The Late Late
Show with James Corden. The TBS series is hosted by
Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and pits celebrities from
the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop
culture to face off against each other in a rap battle
royale packed with lyrically creative genius and "I
can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end
of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes
to determine the winner. Drop the Mic is produced by CBS
Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James
Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive
producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive
Both series will return in the Spring of 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter
TruTV Pays Off
Quiz Show to Launch Summer,
Offer Paying Your Student Loans
From the Futon Critic
On the heels of a breakout
year in 2017, truTV today announced 2018 greenlights,
premiere dates and guest stars ahead of the network's
panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
Being paneled today at TCA, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits
& Monsters will welcome a crop of talented guest stars
to the prolific director's scripted comedic anthology
series. Bringing viewers twisted, darkly witty satirical
tales, each episode mashes up two distinct genres and
features characters who are misfits, monsters, or both,
but with unexpected and fantastical turns. Joining
Bobcat on today's panel are guest stars Bridget Everett,
Seth Green and Danny Pudi with additional guest stars
included in the description below. The show premieres in
summer 2018 and a first look is available at http://bit.ly/2mswtRN.
The network also announced the series greenlight of Paid
Off with Michael Torpey, a half-hour comedy game show
where contestants compete for the chance to have their
student debt paid off. In addition, truTV has ordered to
pilot Tacoma FD (wt), a half-hour scripted comedy from
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, co-creators and stars
of the cult classic film, Super Troopers.
Finally, truTV unveiled guest stars for returning series
Talk Show the Game Show and premiere dates for Adam
Ruins Everything and The Chris Gethard Show, which will
return in spring 2018.
2017 marked the third full year since truTV's emergence
as a comedy brand, and the network once again delivered
on its promise to provide a wholly-original programming
slate of premium comedic content with creators at the
center. Driving this huge momentum and sustained ratings
growth - truTV is one of only two networks with two
consecutive years of growth in prime among adults 18-49
- is a mix of scripted, non-scripted and hybrid projects
including: the breakout freshman series At Home with Amy
Sedaris and I'm Sorry; one of cable's top 5 original
comedies, Impractical Jokers; the inventive
investigative comedy Adam Ruins Everything; and two
series bringing the fun and spontaneity back into
late-night, The Chris Gethard Show and Talk Show the
Game Show, among others.
Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest
Tacoma FD (wt)
Scripted Pilot Order
With their long-anticipated film Super Troopers 2
debuting this spring, co-creator and stars Kevin
Heffernan and Steve Lemme are putting on new uniforms in
Tacoma FD, a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in
the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need
extinguishing, they are basically fire fighters who are
always ready to fight fires... but in this wet city,
they also have to fight their own boredom.
The series is co-created and executive produced by
Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg
Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from
Paid Off with Michael Torpey
16-Episode New Series Greenlight Airing Summer 2018
The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian
Michael Torpey (Orange is the New Black) is solving it
in the most ridiculous way possible, a comedy game show.
Paid Off with Michael Torpey gives three lucky college
grads - saddled with student debt - the chance to test
the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia
questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the
chance to have their student debt paid off.
The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear
Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian
Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear
Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin
and Leigh Hampton.
Talk Show the Game Show
Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 1
(10:30pm and 11:00pm ET/PT)
Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately)
is back with 16 all-new first season episodes of his
outrageous mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show.
Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the series
is a boisterous combination of two beloved television
formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie
for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week,
guests square off, racking up points for the name drops,
project plugs and political grandstanding that are the
bread and butter of every talk show. The difference is
that on this show it literally counts!
Also returning this year are the series' comedic panel
of judges including Emmy(R) Award-winning writer and
host of the popular podcast "My Favorite Murder," Karen
Kilgariff, and author and journalist Casey Schreiner.
The judges give the real-time reactions we all want
during a talk show appearance: roasting mediocre guests
and applauding what the best guests did right. Celebrity
contestants and matchups featured in these new episodes
· Melissa Joan Hart; Caroline Rhea; Jared Logan
· Colin Quinn; Charles Barkley; Marissa Jaret Winokur
· Fortune Feimster; Reggie Bush; Nick Thune
· Cheryl Hines; Ron Funches; Michael Kosta
· Billy Eichner; David Koechner; Lauren Lapkus
· Tate Donovan; Kym Whitley; Cristela Alonzo
· Andy Richter; Sasheer Zamata; Nadia G
· Cynthia Bailey; Cole Escola; Andy Kindler
· Anders Holm; Lennon Parham, Seaton Smith
· Loni Love; Andy Bell; Nicole Sullivan
· Heather Dubrow; Tone Bell; Maribeth Monroe
· Wanda Sykes; Lauren Ash; Nico Santos
· Ileana Douglas; Arturo Castro; Alec Mapa
· Dave Holmes; Maria Thayer; Eliza Skinner
· Natasha Leggero; Cam'ron; Wilson Cruz
· Jill Kargman; Judah Friedlander; Joel Kim Booster
Following the two-episode premiere at 10:30pm on
February 1, Talk Show the Game Show moves to its
regularly scheduled 11:00pm timeslot beginning February
The series is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda
Sykes, Page Hurwitz, Anna Wenger and Branum serving as
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.690 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the demo pack with
week two of "The X-Files" (3.893 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "9-1-1" (5.487 million
viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).
NBC (6.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2)
then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals
from "The Blacklist" (6.118 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
(6.066 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and
"Chicago PD" (6.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
Next up was ABC (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs"
(6.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2),
"Speechless" (4.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
1.1, #8), "Modern Family" (5.792 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "American Housewife" (4.562
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Match
Game" (3.294 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8,
Meanwhile, CBS (6.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing
Race 30" (6.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4,
#4), "SEAL Team" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Criminal Minds" (5.653 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).
And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with its specials
"The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala" (1.178
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and
"Animal Crackers" (0.627 million viewers, #15; adults
18-49: 0.2, #15).
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.104m
- Iron Chef Showdown (SF/Food): 778k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (SF/Food): 709k
"Funny You Should
Ask"... for a Renewal
New Deal to Take Show Through
What does one have to do to
get a two-year renewal for their syndicated game show?
Funny You Should Ask.
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios today handed just
such an order to its daily series hosted by Jon Kelley.
The move will keep the show on the syndie airwaves until
at least the 2020-21 season, which will be its fourth.
By then, the series will have produced 520 episodes.
“Funny You Should Ask is growing rapidly in all key
metrics,” Allen said. “This comedy game show is
perfectly positioned for long-term success.”
Executive produced by Scott Satin, the half-hour Funny
You Should Ask features a panel of professional stand-up
comics who interact with contestants for cash and
prizes. The stakes increase in every episode as the game
progresses. The strip is cleared in 93% of the country
including the top three markets: New York, Los Angeles
The Futon Critic
More on "Lip Sync
Catch Special January 18 on
From the Futon Critic
"Lip Sync Battle" has signed
three of Hollywood's hottest superstars for its epic
Neil Patrick Harris, a 5-time Emmy(R) and Tony (R)Award
winning actor; Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award(R)
nominated and Golden Globes(R) Award winning actress
starring in Proud Mary (Sony Pictures) in theaters
January 12; and Hailee Steinfeld, a Golden Globes (R)
and Academy Award(R) nominated actress and a
multi-platinum recording artist, will be featured
participants in "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON
The epic larger than life performances will showcase
some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits.
The landmark television event celebrating the legendary
entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson,
will take place LIVE from the Dolby Theatre on Thursday,
January 18 at 9:00pm.
"Michael Jackson's groundbreaking sound and style
changed the course of music, videos and Live performance
forevermore," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.
"This line up of incredible superstar performers are
inspired and ready to bring it LIVE on 1.18.18!"
This must-see special event will launch the Paramount
Network (formerly Spike TV).
Additional participants will be announced shortly.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their
favorite performance on Twitter using talent specific
Paramount Network is partnering with "VH1 Save The
Music" to award the winner a grant to a school in the
market of their choice. This grant will fund new music
programs and support the foundations dedication to
helping kids, schools and communities realize their full
potential through the power of making music.
The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson
Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with
The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature
larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby
Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE
LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a
special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque
du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent
residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay
Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by
Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL
J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus
Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs
performed during the special are featured in Michael
The sponsors for "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL
JACKSON CELEBRATION" include Pepsi, SONIC(R) Drive-In
Season 4 kicks off on January 25 at 10pm ET/PT.
SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending
From TV Newscheck
Live with Kelly and Ryan
came up big in the holiday session ending Dec. 31,
scoring its best rating since Ryan Seacrest joined the
program. Live unwrapped a new season high 2.6
live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, surging 13%
from the week before and tying usual leader Dr. Phil for
first place in talk.
That was not an easy task, as no show has been able to
tie Phil since the summer of 2016. Phil, which was the
only talk show in the top 10 to include the very
low-rated Christmas Day in its average, was in reruns
all week and got penalized with massive preemptions from
college bowl games, slipping 13% to a new season-low
Elsewhere, Family Feud widened its margin over the game
shows with a 3% boost to a 6.8, while Jeopardy was next
at a 6.0, down 8%.
In the household rating rankings that follow, % change
is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high
rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no
change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6*
Game On for Season 2!
One Regular Episode in, and
NBC Gives the Vote of Confidence
From the Futon Critic
Fresh off its stellar debut,
NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new
hit alternative series "Ellen's Game of Games."
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President,
Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
"I'm so excited to get to do another season because I'm
not just the producer and host, I'm also a loyal
viewer," said Ellen DeGeneres. "I hope this can continue
to be a show that families can come together and enjoy
watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don't wanna say
this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have
invested heavily into a whipped cream company."
"Ellen's enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious.
It's been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a
primetime stage," Telegdy said. "Audiences love spending
time with her and we know she'll continue to raise the
bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show
continues to grow."
"Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their
fans the way she does," said Mike Darnell, President,
Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.
"With 'Ellen's Game of Games' she has yet another
out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to
start shooting our second season."
The Jan. 2 regular-slot premiere of "Ellen's Game of
Games" averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.8
million viewers overall in "live plus three day"
Nielsens, and then at 9 p.m., a second episode rose to a
2.7 in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, giving
"Game of Games" the #1 and #2 ratings of the night in
18-49. The 8 p.m. "Game of Games" generated the highest
in-season results for a regular-slot alternative series
premiere since March 2016 in the "live plus same day"
stream, as well as NBC's best in-season total-viewer
performance in the time period with a non-"Voice"
entertainment series in more than five years.
Last night, NBC (8.202 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ thanks to new
episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.978 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.700
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago
Med" (6.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).
Second place then went to CBS (11.058 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its trio of "NCIS"
(14.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3),
"Bull" (10.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.595 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).
Next up was ABC (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its mix of "The Middle" (5.391
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Fresh Off
the Boat" (3.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.768 million viewers, #9;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.699
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and
"Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.441 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon"
(4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "LA
to Vegas" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49:
0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.010 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).
And finally, The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.890
million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "DC's
Legends of Tomorrow" (0.880 million viewers, #16; adults
18-49: 0.2, #16).
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.030m
- Chopped: Gold Medal Games (Food): 1.010m
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 994k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 872k
- America's Next Top Model (SP/VH1): 856k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (SP/Spike): 786k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 609k
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