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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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Monique S July 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Please bring that show back!!!! My entire family loved every minute of it and have been waiting for the next season.


t and b cook June 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Keep the show,it was outstanding and very intertaining,my wife and i have been waiting for the next season all summer,,


T Thomas June 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

MY FAMILY LOVES THE SHOW!!! Excellent family show it’s definitely a KEEPER. It’s hard to find just clean & funny family entertainment!


sam May 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Lets see, they cheated the first couple, no ethics, drop this turkey———now.


TomTom May 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

It sounds like there might be another season in the summer and there will be a board game released, like the Million Pound Drop (UK) board game!


Jeff May 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

It’s gone but bring it back! Think it’s undecideed at this point!


Jeff May 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

I love it! Best game show ever! Exciting from start to finish! Please keep it on and bring it back next season! Gets everyone thinking again!


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R. Riley April 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Love it, love it, love it.
Please, please, please keep it.
It’s sooooo much fun.


Desa Rae March 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Please keep the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Marguerite March 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Money Drop is among the top game shows. Its competitors are dull and not worth my time.


Gary S. March 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I think if money drop can’t hold on as a night time thing, why not give it a spin for daytime syndication?
I would still love to watch the night time edition though.


Beverly March 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

I think the show should go on.. We enjoy it.. It makes you think and its exciting.. I really miss it.


andrew March 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

please keep the show is very exiting. There are no many good family shows.


Donna Reese March 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I think that the show should be kept. It was an exciting show and I felt that it has not finished it’s run and still has steam.


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