ABC cancelled several game shows earlier this year, including some newer ones. Can the newest entry The Final Straw draw big enough ratings to stick around? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status Update Below.
A primetime game show, The Final Straw TV series is a larger-than-life Jenga-style competition hosted by Janelle James. Four teams of contestants compete in a battle against gravity and physics. They attempt to remove items from life-sized themed stacks which are chock full of various objects, ranging from basketballs to small kitchen appliances. The host is sometimes joined onstage by the mischievous Tipsy the Panda who is hell-bent on the destruction of the stacks. If the tower falls, that team is eliminated. The last team standing will compete against The Mega Stack for a chance to win the grand prize of $250,000.
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.
9/19 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There can be other economic factors involved in a show’s fate, but typically the higher-rated series are renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like The Final Straw TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
*3/25/23 update: The Final Straw has been cancelled by ABC.