ABC is looking to up its game. In the past few years, it has found some Nielsen ratings wins by reviving classic game shows, which may not draw as large an audience as scripted series, but cost a lot less to produce. This summer, the Alphabet Network has revived a couple more — the latest contender being the Card Sharks TV show. Has ABC dealt itself an inside straight? Will Card Sharks be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
An ABC game show from executive producers Scott St. John, Jack Martin, and Jennifer Mullin, Card Sharks is hosted by Joel McHale. Based on the card game Acey Deucey, on the series two players face off, each hoping to eliminate the other, with the goal of claiming a $10,000 cash prize and a chance for even bigger winnings. The winning contestant bets their prize on properly predicting the final seven cards of the game. The player’s final prize is the amount of money remaining in the bank after all the predictions have been made and the results are revealed.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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What do you think? Do you like the Card Sharks TV series? Should this ABC TV game show be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*11/20/19 update: ABC has renewed this and six other game shows for Summer 2020.