GSN's 'The American Bible Challenge' Debuts as the Network's Number 1 Program of All Time Delivering 2.3 Million Total Viewers

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August 24th, 2012

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Santa Monica, CA – August 24, 2012 – GSN’s highly anticipated original series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE garnered the network’s highest delivery in its 17-year history with 2.3 million total viewers for the night and 1.7 million total viewers for its series premiere at 8 pm ET on Thursday, August 23rd.


THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE outperformed the previous record by over half a million viewers and solidified itself as a destination program by posting triple digit gains from its strong lead-in across all demos (“Family Feud” hosted by Steve Harvey). The GSN original series ranked among the Top 5 cable networks in total viewers, women 25-54 and viewers 25-54 in its time period.


“The best-selling book of all time is now GSN’s most viewed program of all time, which proves that consumers are yearning for fun, family- friendly entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, GSN. “We are incredibly proud of this show and are happy that it connected with so many viewers.”


Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy hosts THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions are drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world's best-selling book. The contestants share their compelling back-stories and each team plays for a charitable organization.


THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is produced by RelativityREAL for GSN, with RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies ("The Newlywed Game," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") serving as Executive Producers on the project. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers. Odyssey Networks is the country’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer with J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak as Executive Producers.


About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN’s popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital’s free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary,, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at


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  • Timothy

    I’m not surprised. However, I don’t like the format of the show. It needs a revamping already. :-(

  • Herb Finn

    “The best-selling book of all time is now GSN’s most viewed program of all time…”

    Comparing the bible to getting 2.3 million viewers???

  • Fischer

    Ohhh GSN, why u gotta put this crud on ur network, I use to be a fan of yours a couple years ago

  • tv log

    Will this show coming to NBC! NBC needs brought anything from plantation! Telemundo made great telenovela last year! Hearing Fox is making English version of the hit! Fox getting bargain without hard work!

  • iowegian

    I see the God haters got here early.

    Great show GSN.

  • r0ckmypants

    @iowegian – No one said anything about God. This is just a dumb show.

  • Tessa

    @iowegian – God called. He said he hated the show too and he’s seeing his copyright lawyer right now.

  • JP

    Great show! It’s about time! Foxworthy’s a great host.

  • jRobnyc

    Does anybody know how “Beat the Chefs” that premiered right after did? Thank you.

  • Mizzourah

    According to posters @ the Game Show Forum, Chefs lost about 70% of the Bible viewers(scored something in the 500k range), which still isn’t a bad rating for GSN.

  • RandyAw

    Take a ridiculously bad format, mix it in with Jeff “Im not as smart as a 5th grader” Foxworthy and you have a pandering crapfest that needs to be euthanized very soon.

  • jRobnyc

    @Mizzourah Thank you.

  • Michael

    This is an awesome show for religious people! Great numbers!

  • Travis27 in Virginia!

    @ Tessa 1995 called and they want their joke back!

  • s

    @ Tessa where’s the love

  • Chris

    thefutoncritic says Beat the Chefs got a 0.1 in the demo.

  • gbeturalib

    Great show. It’s about time to get tv ba
    ck to something worthwhile.

  • gbeturalib

    Great show GSN!

  • mc

    I’d rather watch paint dry than watch this show.

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