Game Shows Get Heavy Play During Quarantine, “Feud” is First
Quiz shows had the answers for homebound viewers in the session ending April 12, and the survey said Family Feud (new season high 7.4 live plus same day national Nielsen, up 6% from the week before) was the number one game with its most powerful ratings in more than two years.
Jeopardy (7.1, down 1%) was not far behind, while Wheel of Fortune (6.8, up 17%) was a competitive third.
Daytime strips ran into heavy preemptions for news coverage of the pandemic every day of the week. Nevertheless Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, down 8%) battled to the top of the talkers for a third straight week.
Typical leader Dr Phil (2.1, steady), which like “Kelly and Ryan” was in repeats for part of the week, was the only other talk show above a 2.0 rating.
Kelly Clarkson (1.3, steady), which began generating new material created at her Montana ranch, attracted a big daily audience of 1.8-million viewers despite being slapped with numerous large market preemptions. That put the wildly popular rookie among the four highest-rated talk shows, behind only veterans “Live,” “Phil” and “Ellen.”
Overall daytime champion Judge Judy (6.3, steady) finished first among court shows for the 1,229th week in a row even though it was in reruns on four of the five days.
Among off-net crime shows, the scripted Chicago PD (new season high 1.2, up 33%) was the category leader for the first time.