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Million Dollar Money Drop: New FOX Game Show; Cancel or Keep It?

Million Dollar Money DropLast week, FOX debuted a new game show for the holiday week called Million Dollar Money Drop. Is it a good investment for the network? Will it stick around or be cancelled?

On Million Dollar Money Drop, host Kevin Pollak starts out the game by handing over $1 million to a pair of contestants. To keep it all, they must answer seven multiple choice questions correctly. The couple can distribute their cash on more than one answer but must use it all. They lose whatever cash they put on incorrect answers and must watch as it drops out of sight through trap doors. The contestants get to keep however much cash, if any, they have after answering all seven questions.

The game show debuted last Monday to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.31 million total viewers. It ranked in third place for the 8pm timeslot. The second episode aired at 9pm to a 2.0 rating and 5.33 million, still in third place. On Tuesday at 8pm, the third installment registered a 2.2 rating and 7.04 million. At 9pm, opposite all repeats, it dropped down to a 2.0 rating and 5.57 million viewers. On Wednesday, Money Drop fell to a 1.6 rating in the demo and 4.79 million total viewers. Thursday’s installment, per fast affiliate ratings, fell again to a 1.3 rating and 4.54 million viewers.

So far, the show has averaged a 1.8 rating and 5.43 million viewers. That’s not great but its not too bad either. The competition wasn’t as tough last week but there were also a lot fewer people watching network television. On the positive side, Money Drop’s season average is almost as good as Fringe and Lie to Me and is much less expensive to produce than they are.

It’s unclear how many unaired episodes are left but has several more scheduled throughout the month of January. If the ratings for these installments are solid, it’s a safe bet that FOX will order more. At the very least, it could be a solid utility player and fill timeslots as needed.

A sidenote: If you’ve been following the news, you know that an answer from one of last Monday’s shows has been disputed. As a result, contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti have been invited to play the game again on a future episode. Presumably, for them to do that, the show will have to go back into production. The pair have yet to agree to return to the game.

What do you think? Is Million Dollar Money Drop worth watching? Would you keep it or cancel it?

 

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LaChelle Smith February 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Me and my fiance’ absolutely LOVED this show. We looked forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays to watch it. Please bring it back. I’m sure the viewers would be very happy!!!

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Marguerite February 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I love the show. It is unique for a game show and SO much better than the Minute Show…cannot remember the name…but was unimpressed. I enjoy playing and guessing along with the contestants. I also enjoy hearing them discuss their decisions.

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Robert February 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

This is a great show which gives all viewers a way to answer questions and learn about culture and the american way. Remember when the question was asked in which hand does the statue of liberty hold the torch (left or right hand) most people didn’t know the answer. This is astonishing to me why the american people didn’t know the answer. Please keep the game show on, it is very educational. Thanks Debo

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Sylvia Parker February 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I personally love the show and have all of my friends watching it. I was very disappointed to see that it was not coming on in the last couple of weeks. With all the crappy game shows on TV these days, I think this was by far the best. It is a great show and I hope you will put it back on the air soon. I always looked forward for Tuesday and Thursday to come so I could watch it.

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J Wilson February 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

We love this show. PLEASE bring it back.

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John Matera February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

This is a great show. I have been watching for it the past couple of weeks and can’t seem to find it. I thought it was a great show

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Virginia Hardy February 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

My husband and I have been watching this show and really enjoying it. It is a lot of fun playing along with the contestants. So sad to see that it is not on anymore. When there are so many shows on that are not worth wasting your time watching. would really like to have it back on again.

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Gary M February 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Fun show that all of us like to play along with.

Please keep on!

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Jim February 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Please keep this show on the air..Fun to watch and play along

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Wendy B February 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Please leave on this show, it fun, and family friendly

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Pat Enders February 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

We are loyal viewers we love to play the game. We like the challenge of the mind. It’s refreshing to have my family all participate in
some casual fun and what a relief from the blood & guts programs. So, where is it I can’t find it anymore? Why? Give it back to us, please!

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Nikki February 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Please keep it on. I really looked forward to watching it every week. In the future, just make sure all answers are facts!

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VIVIAN February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP IT ON. THIS IS THE ONLY SHOW ON TV THAT MY FAMILY CAN AGREE ON WITHOUT A LARGE DISPUTE.

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michelle February 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

my family thinks this show is awesome and would like to continue watching it.. Cna you tell me when it will be on so we can make sure we don’t miss an episode!!!!!

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Betty Hickey February 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Please leave this show on. I cannot find it in the TV Guide. It is a nice clean show and
very interesting.

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