Champion Crowned on Finale of NBC's 'The Million Second Quiz'

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September 19th, 2013

Million Second Quiz Champion

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.


  • DenverDean

    “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.”

    So in order to salvage something from this train wreck of a series, they actually added extra money to get the record. Glad NBC is cheering a 1.1 demo….

  • Mark

    Congratulations. He’s going to be the only champion because I foresee cancellation with ratings as low as they are.

  • Silent Hunter

    It’s the highest American prize, but the highest overall (after tax – Germany doesn’t tax winnings on game shows) was won on German show [i]Schlag den Raab[/i] last year – 3.5 million Euros, which equates to about $4.7m. There is a higher Dutch one, but that was taxed down below that.

  • Danny Rowe

    I for one enjoyed the show only because it was somewhat educational. Not surprised with the winner he seemed to be the most prepared and also had luck on his side. However, I think the young lady that lost out Wed. night was the victim of an electronic malfunction similar to the mis-pronounciation of “curio” on Wheel of Fortune. Cheaters everywhere why not ? They run the Government too ! I must agree, I don’t see this show going any further, I think it’s dead in the water ?

  • Johnny

    This guy could have $2.6 billion and he still wouldn’t be able to get laid.

  • BonIris

    Everyone’s a critic! Personally, I found the game fun and fast paced and loved playing along and cheered for Brandon and Andrew and felt terrible for Hayley but glad the player who had un seated her lost his final round….It was entertaining and more interesting than time worn Jeopardy or Millionaire!

  • Steve

    Really like the show. I had expected a mini-tournament than the stepladder format that was used. But it then showed why position was so important in the game.

    @Johnny – I think you’re going the wrong way. My gaydar was way up.

  • Johnny

    @ Steve, I don’t think it matters who the target audience is. He wouldn’t be able to get any action regardless.

  • Parker

    I really enjoyed the show and played along every night on the iPad app. Congrats to Andrew (although I was rooting for 19-year-old Brandon). Too bad that MSQ never caught on with younger viewers and will obviously not be renewed.

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