Thursday, January 16, 2014

GSN rant

I've been ranting a fair amount lately, and I'm gonna keep right on doing it.

The latest object of my ire is a couple of shrewd programming decisions from GSN. Recently I haven't been dissecting GSN's ratings like I used to. Scott Rahner does a good job with the numbers at Game Show Network News, for anybody who's interested.

In general, GSN is performing just fine, with its most-viewed year ever in 2013. One of the shows turning in consistently good ratings is Chain Reaction. In the latest week of January 6-12, the oft-rerun show still pulled seven of GSN's top fifteen slots, with an average of 585K viewers for the 3:00 PM hour. So naturally GSN is taking Chain Reaction off its schedule completely starting January 20. That's what networks do all the time with their top-rated shows.

Meanwhile, Mind of a Man bombed like a B-52 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. So of course, that show gets a bunch of timeslots on the network. It all makes sense, right?

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  1. Personally, I think the most recent version of Chain Reaction sucked.

    I can't see why GSN won't put the original Bill Cullen version on. What are they afraid of?

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  2. In the latest week almost 600,000 GSN viewers begged to differ with your opinion. As for the original Cullen version, I wouldn't hold my breath. If GSN won't run its own version of Chain Reaction when it's getting very good ratings, it won't run some other thirty-year-old version.

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    1. Yeah, but it doesn't stop GSN from running both versions of Press Your Luck.

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  3. You underestimate the importance of original programming and younger demos. Without looking at the specific numbers, Mind of A Man gives GSN the opportunity to hit with a new format which they may be able to profit off of internationally or in syndication. And it may also bring in younger demos which leads to much more profit than the network can get off of older viewers. Whether it does or doesn't isn't my point. I'm just saying that original programming is important to GSN and any cable network which is why they're going to give every opportunity for Mind of A Man to succeed and reruns of Chain Reaction aren't all that important. Of course, you can ask why doesn't GSN develop and produce original episodes of more good game formats like Chain Reaction and the Chase instead of wasting their time on crap like Family Trade, Hidden Camera shows, and the Muppets? That's because the people in charge of the network don't have any clue what their audience wants.

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  4. JP where have you been? It's been a long, long time.

    Anyway, GSN has done this break before with Chain Reaction, for example, the first quarter of 2012. Chain Reaction had high ratings before the break and came back with even higher ratings, in daytime. Sure, the ratings are huge for Chain Reaction. GSN is getting some of its highest Monday-Friday numbers midday. How many cable networks do that?

    Chain Reaction will be back in the coming months, I'm sure. GSN thinks the show needs a rest with only 130 episodes but the crowd (us) say differently. No big deal.

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  5. When Mind of a Man gets audiences of 66K and 67K in Sunday prime time, it's mostly appealing to the NONEXISTENT demo. These are some of the very worst prime time numbers I've ever seen for GSN. In fact, they may be the worst.

    But what they hey, DeRay and his unfunny "celebs" still get a bunch of slots on the network. Meanwhile, one of the biggest fan favorites on GSN gets booted off the schedule completely.

    Yep, it makes perfect sense.

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    1. In cased you "missed a spot", the schedules on the sidebar and Zap2It say Mind of a Man is axed starting Sunday night, all Newlywed Game from 7-11pm. Still remains everywhere else.

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  6. Deal or No Deal may not do any better. Guess we'll see. Chain Reaction was a good game show, GSN's version. I enjoyed it. Then again, Networks always do this. When their booming success keeps booming, after awhile, they replace it with something else. Deal isn't very fresh, either. It's boring and stale to me. Why the heck did GSN bring this back?

    If it does good, they'd do something right. But, my thinking is, the regular Chain Reaction viewers won't tune in if they fine out it's Deal or No Deal, instead of CR. Can't wait until the ratings come out so I can see the ratings.

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  7. The Powers-That-Be at GSN reluctantly have to program shows that preceded them because they are better and attract more viewers than the garbage they've developed. That's why they keep going back to things like Chain Reaction, Whammy, and Woolery Lingo. My point was they're going to do what they can to make their new originals successful and one way to do that is to schedule them in as many time slots as possible so they can find an audience. And like most of the shows under Goldhill's reign, Mind of A Man isn't finding one.

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  8. Well, if targeting younger demographics means producing offensive, poor quality and utterly idiotic programming then I say let the "younger" viewers liquify their minds with that modern day flotsam. I have given up hope for GSN many moons ago. They had a great thing going long ago, but no more. Your best source of classic game shows is YouTube. Don't bet on GSN changing for the better. Just look at what has happened to all of the cable networks over the last decade.

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