Game shows like Match Game have become a staple of the ABC summer schedule, despite slowly declining ratings, in part because they’re relatively inexpensive to produce. Will the numbers keep falling this year? Will Match Game be cancelled or renewed for season six? Stay tuned. *Status Update Below.
Match Game is hosted by Alec Baldwin. On the game show, contestants try to match the answers of six celebrity panelists as they answer fill In the blank questions. In the fifth season, celebrity panelists include Sam Richardson, Jane Krakowski, Ben Schwartz, Caroline Rhea, James Van Der Beek, Vivica A. Fox, Joel McHale, Amy Sedaris, Kevin Smith, Raven-Symoné, Ne-Yo, Malin Akerman, Mario Cantone, Jennifer Esposito, Adam Rodriguez, Angie Harmon, Michael Chiklis, and Melissa Fumero. On Match Game, contestants try to match the answers to “fill in the blank” questions with as many celebrities as they can. At stake is a grand prize of $25,000.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
Note: Because ABC has broken season five up between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 broadcast seasons, the ratings are presented here in two different charts. The averages are included on the respective season charts (2019-20 and 2020-21).
For comparisons: Season four of Match Game on ABC averaged a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.83 million viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you like the Match Game TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a sixth season?
*4/4/22 update: Match Game has been cancelled on ABC.