The original American version of Weakest Link was a big hit for NBC 20 years ago. The revival has been a moderate success in the ratings and appears relatively inexpensive to produce. Will that be enough to get Weakest Link renewed for season three, or could it be cancelled? Stay tuned. *Status Update Below.
A game show revival, the Weakest Link TV series pits contestants against one another while also forcing them to work together in a trivia contest. In each episode, eight contestants enter the studio as total strangers but must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available in each round. At the end of each round, contestants vote to eliminate the fellow contestant they consider to be the “Weakest Link” in the chain. The contestant who receives the highest number of votes leaves the game as host Jane Lynch utters the iconic phrase, “You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.” By the end of the episode, a single player can win up to $1,000,000.
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.
7/26 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: Season one of Weakest Link on NBC averaged a 0.66 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.72 million viewers in the live+same day ratings.
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 the higher-rated series are typically renewed and the lower-rated ones are cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the Weakest Link TV series on NBC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season?
*8/3/22 update: Weakest Link has been renewed for a third season on NBC.
I enjoy watching the quick pace of the Weakest Link. In the past, I haven’t always appreciated Jane Lynch’s humor, but I find her humor right on target in this environment, and even the contestants seem to appreciate her wit.
Happy to see that the ratings have picked up a bit since the hiatus because I do like this game show. Maybe they could bring it back strictly as a summer series next year.