NBC is going big with its new game show “The Wall,” adding 20 more episodes to the show’s order after a solid start in the ratings.
The show has proven to be a capable fill-in for “The Voice” on Tuesday nights in the early going. It’s averaging a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 in its regular Tuesday home along with 6.89 million viewers (live + same-day). Including two preview episodes, the show averages a 1.6 in adults 18-49 and 6.21 million viewers.
“A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset,” says Paul Telegdy, president of the Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment. “[Host] Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour.”
“The Wall” has two-person teams answer a series of trivia questions. Correct answers cause a green ball to fall down the four-story wall and add to the team’s winnings; wrong answers make a red ball drop and subtract from the team’s total. Where the balls drop is unpredictable, however, as the wall is constructed like a giant version of “The Price Is Right’s” Plinko game.
LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter are executive producers of “The Wall” along with Andrew Glassman (“Average Joe”) and Hardwick.
“The Wall” is currently set to leave NBC’s schedule when “The Voice” returns in late February. The extra episodes could end up on another night, in the summer, or even push into next season.