'Million Second Quiz' Matches a 19-Month Slot high in 18-49, Excluding Sports

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September 15th, 2013


via press release:

Saturday Primetime Results:

At 8 p.m. ET, "The Million Second Quiz" (0.7/3 in adults 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) equaled NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, in 19 months (since a “Voice” encore earned a 1.0 in the hour on February 11, 2012).

In total viewers, The Million Second Quiz" delivered NBC’s biggest overall audience in the Saturday 8-9 p.m. ET hour, excluding sports, in nine months, since December 1, 2012 (“It’s a Wonderful Life”).

From its first half-hour to its second, “The Million Second Quiz” grew in every key ratings category, with gains of 17% in 18-49 rating (to a 0.7 from a 0.6), 50% in adults 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.4) and 200% in men 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.2).

From 9-11 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of “American Ninja Warrior” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) captured the show’s highest 18-49 and total-viewer results among nine Saturday encores this summer.

There are NBC's top non-sports results in the time period since May 19.

  • LisaV

    This would be laughable if it wasn’t so ridiculous. Factor in the promo costs and the PR geniuses trying to spin this disaster into good news deserve to be fired. These are the same NBC PR fools who spent and spent and spent on “Smash” until they had almost sent NBC into the red. How do these people get past Burke’s BS detector / profit POTENTIAL analysts. Steve, GIVE ME A CALL. I COULD increase NBC profitability with my eyes closed!!!!

  • glen

    Yup, those network press releases, trying to find the silver lining. They probably expected the show to do poor on Sat nite but would be better off not drawing attention to it with ridiculous statements.

  • Scott

    I personally like the Million Second Quiz.

    I wish the ratings were better, because we haven’t had a good primetime trivia-based game show since MSQ in years. Remember Million Dollar Password? Axed by CBS because it skewed too old in viewership. Million Dollar Money Drop? Failed due to poor question research from FOX.

    I like trivia game shows. I’m tired of all these reality shows, dancing shows, unfunny comedies, gory crime dramas and singing competitions. Game shows are my favorite genre of programming, and as long as the major networks can keep them alive, I’ll be happy.

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