via press release:
NEW YORK — Sept. 19, 2013 — Andrew Kravis has won $2.6 million as the winner of NBC’s live groundbreaking interactive game show “The Million Second Quiz,” marking the highest grand prize in game show history.
Kravis defeated Brandon Saunders in the final trivia round to take home first place. Kravis, 25 years old and from Farmington Hills, Mich., is a recent Columbia Law School graduate who is about to begin his career as an attorney. He joined Winners’ Row on Sept. 9 and spent more than 250 hours there.
Kravis had earned $326,346 on his time on “The Million Second Quiz” before receiving $2 million for winning on Thursday night in the live telecast. He was also given a bonus to bring the grand total to $2.6 million.
The previous highest game show money won was $2.52 million.
“This is all really incredible,” said a shocked Kravis after his win. “I want to pay off my student loans and then maybe take a trip to Europe.”
Saunders was in the Money Chair before being defeated by Kravis. A 19-year-old from Queens, N.Y., Saunders is a student at NYU who also entered Winners’ Row on Sept. 9.
Through its first nine telecasts heading into the Thursday finale, “The Million Second Quiz” has averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewer overall. Wednesday’s penultimate telecast matched the show’s highest 18-49 rating among the prior five telecasts (1.1). “Million Second Quiz” has also generated half-hour to half-hour growth in adults 18-49 with of each of its last eight telecasts.
Over 2 million people played more than 27 million games from home by downloading the “Million Second Quiz” game app, making it the first convergent event in television history where viewers could play along in sync with the show.
“The Million Second Quiz” is produced by All3Media America, Studio Lambert, Universal Television and Ryan Seacrest Enterprises. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, David A. Hurwitz and Ryan Seacrest serve as executive producers.