There have been several versions of the Match Game TV show over the years but the most recent ones were cancelled after only one season. The newest incarnation on ABC survived to see a second season with mediocre ratings. Will the ratings improve? Will Match Game be renewed for a third season or, will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Alec Baldwin, Match Game features contestants trying to match the answers to “fill in the blank” questions with as many celebrities as they can. The grand prize is $25,000. Celebrity panelists on season two of this ABC series include Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, Ice T, Ellie Kemper, Wayne Brady, Caroline Rhea, Amy Sedaris, Chris D’Elia, Constance Zimmer, Jane Krakowski, Rick Fox, Tituss Burgess, Andy Richter, Bellamy Young, Judy Greer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Skylar Astin.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly 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.
5/15 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The first season of this ABC version of Match Game averaged a 1.07 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.14 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 Match Game TV series on ABC? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?
8/6/17 update: ABC has officially renewed Match Game for a third season. Details here.
Maybe a little too explicit–the forced extended laughter is boring, and it becomes an extend distraction–the original show was naughty but left more to the imagination while keeping a pace; secondly, regulars; you need a couple anchor personalities viewers can depend on; Charles Nelson Riley was there every time we tuned in–we learned his humor, and it grew on us, etc.
Love Match Game. Sure hope it isn’t cancelled
I love Match Game. It is great
I am discouraged because many fill in suggest some obscene answers .. also, the “stars” so often fill in absurd answers which no one would ever think of, because they think they are SO funny, but seem unfair to the contestants. Watched last show in our home.. deleting future shows. Too bad. It could have been a great show.
I’m really not an ALex Baldwin fan but, he’s greAt on this show. I don’t like game shows but I will watch this one.
I love Match Game! I hope it stays around for many years. Alec Baldwin is a great host.