Monday, December 10, 2012

The Question, Monday 12/10/12: Does This Game Show Take?

Tonight begins another of broadcast primetime's seemingly yearly traditions: the stripped game show. This year, it's primetime fixture Howie Mandel hosting something that seems somewhat similar to those gift-stealing games you may have played at your office party. (Yankee Swap? Dirty Santa?) The last two such strips got a short regularly scheduled run following the weeklong "event" but didn't survive long-term. Does this game show take? That's The Question for Monday, December 10, 2012.

Previous Holiday Strips Voice Monday Lead-Outs
1.5 -> 1.9 -> 1.7 -> 1.5
-- Who's Still Standing?
(NBC, 12/19/11-12/22/11) 
1.9/2.0 -> 2.0 -> 1.6 -> 1.3/1.7
-- Million Dollar Money Drop
(Fox, 12/20/10-12/23/10)
2.5 (The New Normal, 9/10/12)
2.9 (Revolution fall finale, 11/26/12)
2.7 (Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas, 12/3/12)

I don't really know what to expect here. The Voice lead-in should help it do noticeably better than Who's Still Standing? did on premiere night last year. Then again, I have my doubts that it fits as well with The Voice as something like last week's Blake Shelton special did. So I'll say it'll do all right, but somewhat worse than other Monday lead-outs this season.

Over/Under: 2.35.

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Spot said...

As much as I want to see a game show do well, I don't think this is the one to do it. Too repetitive and shrill. Under at 2.2.

Spot said...

I'm torn. I don't think it'll bomb, but NBC has shown a better ability to launch short-run, stripped shows (Deal or No Deal, The Sing-Off) than longer-term scripted programming. Both of those shows had to self-start at the lower 8 pm HUT, and The Sing-Off would have barely missed this line with a 2.3 when NBC was in far worse shape.

I've talked myself into Over (at 2.4) but I'm not all that confident.

Spot said...

It looks interesting, and I would like for it to go over.

On the TVBTN poll, I voted "2.3-2.4", so I am obviously conflicted.

I will give t a 2.4 and OVER.

Spot said...

Going to risk it and say over.

Spot said...

I haven't heard jack about this show thus far. Under.

Spot said...

Over. Dumb shows after The Voice do well.

Spot said...


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