Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The big boy is back in town
Douglas Pucci is running a contest at TV Media Insights to guess the ratings for the premiere. I'm on record calling for a million-viewer audience sometime in the third season. I don't know if the debut will make the million mark, because The Chase has gradually built its audience through the first two seasons. But a seven-figure turnout for the premiere would be nice.
GSN certainly deserves a large audience for one of its best originals yet. They stage the British import with verve and include enough humor to make sure things don't get too pretentious. The show is fast-paced and absorbing and builds to one of the best final rounds I've seen for any quizzer.
The third season will run for thirteen eps, and let's hope that several more seasons will follow. Unleash the you-know-who.
UPDATE: Should have known better after the debut of American Bible Challenge's third season. The Chase garnered a relatively modest 494K viewers for its season premiere. That's still fine by GSN's historical standards, but way short of what I was hoping for. We'll see if the numbers improve as the season goes on.