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101 Ways to Leave a Game Show: Another ABC Game Show; Cancel or Keep It?

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show cancel season twoABC recently finished airing yet another game show in primetime, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show. How did this one measure up? Will it be back for a second season or will it be cancelled and never heard from again?

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show features contestants matching wits with one another to try to win a $50,000 prize. In the main game, players must answer multiple choice questions in which there are several correct answers and one incorrect one. (A preliminary question determines the order in which people can respond.) The person who chooses the wrong answer is ejected from the game in a spectacular fashion (pulled off a dock by a speedboat, ejected from a speeding train, etc.)

The final round is staged on a platform that’s 100 feet above water. In this case, only one multiple choice answer is correct and the winner takes the cash. The others hit the water in a big way.

The game show is based on a UK series with a similar name, 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow. The American version debuted on ABC with a 1.9 rating in the prized 18-49 demographic and 5.57 million viewers. It was second in its timeslot (beaten by NBC’s The Voice) and outperformed repeats on the other networks.

While almost all shows lose viewers in their first couple airings, Game Show maintained its demo number. In weeks four, five, and six however, Game Show saw its numbers dwindle down to a 1.4 in the demo and 4.4 million viewers. The six episodes of season one ended up averaging a 1.7 demo and 4.92 million viewers.

Currently, Game Show is the network’s lowest averaging reality/game show of the summer but the numbers aren’t that bad. It easily outperformed ABC’s two import dramas (Rookie Blue and Combat Hospital) and did better than Shark Tank which aired during the regular season and was renewed for season three.

ABC has some other reality/game shows for this summer so their decision on whether to renew or cancel Game Show will have a lot to do with how well the other shows perform. As it stands now, it looks like Game Show has a good chance at coming back. If it is renewed, executive producer Matt Kunitz has indicated that they plan to make at least 12 more installments.

But, what do you think? Did you enjoy 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show? Should it be canceled or renewed for a second season?


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Mike August 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

the host is incredibly annoying, everyones attached to ziplines or bungee cables, the stunts are nothing more than zip lining with fancy fire works and background music. the final stunt is just bungee jumping into a pool of water, I dont need to watch a bunch of whiners on tv scared to bungee jump, I can just go to the amuzement park and watch my 13 year old nephew who loves to bungee jump from higher than they are. I dont care if this show is cancelled or continues, I just know I cant be bothered watching this garbage.


teresa August 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I loved it! i want to see more!


Mark August 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

this was stupid a good idea but stupid cancel it


Billy Shane Barnes August 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Iwon’t a new season of 101 ways to leave a gameshow


Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

pleasae make season 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Shayne August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I think that the show should be renewed one more season Although it should be tweaked.


Pubya August 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’ve watched each episode several times, I can’t get enough. I hope it comes back with better ejections.


David August 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

This show was pretty funny. I liked it so much, I went through all the previouas clips. Watching the fear on these contesttants is priceless. The host is also really sarcastic and funny. Perfect guy forthe job!

Please renew it!


T Carruthers August 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Me and my husband love love the and i have even got a couple of friends hook on the show i think it should come back for another season.


Jackie August 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I love it love it love it! and I hope it comes back on with me on it!!!


Ape August 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I loved it. I’d like to be on the show. How else would you get to do some of those cool things like rolling down the hill in a giant steel ball.
The participants are such whiners, I can’t help but laugh
The host is great – ruthless, just the way you want him to be.
I hope it returns to light up my evenings next year.


kapair937 August 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love it! I like seeing people scared out of their wits! I say Keep It!


Demented August 5, 2011 at 5:54 am

Stunts should be part of the game, not a result of failure.
It doesn’t work for me.


Val August 5, 2011 at 4:03 am

Like most of ABC’s new programming it’s CRAP.. cancel it.


Joe August 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

I made it 15 minutes into the first episode before I had to shut it off. Please cancel this garbage.


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