When it premiered more than 20 years ago, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire became a huge hit in the ratings for ABC and ran for eight seasons. How will this special celebrity incarnation do? Will this Who Wants to Be a Millionaire revival be renewed for a second season? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A primetime revival of the 1999 game show, this incarnation of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel. Celebrity contestants play the game for charity and answer increasingly difficult multiple-choice trivia questions for increasing amounts of money. Meanwhile, an interactive game app allows viewers to play along from home, to compete to win the same amount of money that the celebrities are playing for on the show. For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing the game show can invite a guest to help them answer questions. Additionally, this incarnation introduces a new lifeline, called Ask the Host.
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.
5/29 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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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 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled? Renewed for a second season?