Last night, ABC wrapped up the first season of 500 Questions, their new primetime game show. How did it do in the ratings? Is it a slam-dunk to be renewed for a second season or, will it certainly be cancelled instead?
Hosted by Richard Quest, 500 Questions lets some adult geniuses try to answer 500 very difficult general knowledge questions and win lots of cash — without answering three in a row incorrectly.
Airing over the course of seven evenings, the series debuted on May 20th to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.058 million viewers. It wasn’t a great start, even for a summer series.
The numbers dropped over the seven episodes but didn’t dip below four million. They averaged a 1.04 demo rating with 4.79 million.
Looking at the numbers, there’s really no reason for ABC to renew 500 Questions for a second season. It surely didn’t attract much attention as an “event”. Still, there is a chance that the network will bring it back for another short run, filling a gap in their schedule. It didn’t cost ABC much to make and it did maintain its (small) viewership numbers as people begin to cut back on their television viewing in the warmer months.
But, what do you think? Do you like the 500 Questions series? Cancel or keep it?
Love love love this show, My husband really enjoyed it, he is very knowlegable and had lots of the answers, was such a rewarding challanage
Please air this show again! My husband and I still talk about it, as it is the show we were watching when my water broke and I went into labor. I went into labor while guy was playing on the season finale, and I would love love love to see him come back to finish the game! You can’t leave us in suspense of not knowing whether or not he can answer all 500 questions!
Cancel it poor patronising new guy cant stand the falseness and how he speaks to people he can keep his money and get a different and better job. So cancel cancel cancel.
Please keep it, I really enjoyed it and looked forward to it continuing. Better than most of the stuff they have on.
Love it My kids are watching it this summer with me. We are learning sooooooo much.
Please keep it, I enjoyed it very much it is a very interesting show
GEORGE O. R.
PLS. KEEP IT. MY WIFE AND I LIKED VERY MUCH.
Please bring this program back. Advertise it better, we only just discovered it and are hoping the gentleman who has answered 223 questions can go the distance. Just like jeopardy, the longer he goes the more interest there will be!
I love this show, please bring it back and two hours is just fine . It challenges the mind and the recollection; lots of us need this show to keep us alert and to educate and entertain. Why do you call it 500 questions when you do not take it to 500 questions, so its such a disappointment when it’s finished abruptly and prior to the given 500 questions. Please bring it back. Thanks.