Last year, ABC brought back The Gong Show, originally a Chuck Barris 1970s and ’80s NBC and syndicated classic. The TV series ran in about the middle of the pack in the Nielsen ratings race, even beat out some scripted series, and was renewed for a second season. How will it perform, this time around? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers), The Gong Show is a wacky ABC talent competition TV show. Season two celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Fred Armisen, Rita Wilson, Tony Hale, Regina Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Sharon Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Alyson Hannigan, and Jimmy Kimmel. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing the rotating panel of three celebrity judges. When a judge determines an act does not deserve a score, he or she can grab the mallet, strike the gong, and eliminate the contestant, provided fellow judges don’t prevent it. When an act pleases the judges, they will award it between 0 and 10 points. At the end of each episode, the performer or act with the highest score wins The Gong Show trophy and a check for $2,000.18.
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.
8/31 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The first season of The Gong Show on ABC averaged a 0.68 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.797 million viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like The Gong Show TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season?