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Deal or No Deal: How Far Will They Go?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Games, Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Gossip, Ratings,

Deal or No Deal - Howie MandelThere’s no nice way to say it: has had trouble in the ratings department the last few seasons. In an ever-increasing attempt to compete with the runaway success of and keep their own reality contest relevant, the network has launched a promotional tactic that’s doing nothing but mounting: The Million-Dollar Mission.

Every time a contestant on fails to win that million-dollar case, another million gets added. As of Wednesday’s Idol-competing episode, they were up to 13 (that’s right 13) million-dollar cases. The contestant has been chosen and the game is under way…but will she go far enough to get the prize?

According to the show’s official site, the mission will continue through next week. NBC is also throwing a special Deal or No Deal episode at fans Thursday night to drum up more excitement and ratings for the show. Host says he won’t give up until a million is given away…but how long will that take?

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Monday Ratings:  NBC Scores A Good Deal

FOX may have Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but NBC rules Mondays with its share of reality hits.  Last night, the network lead in both viewers and demos.

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NBC Sticks With Their ‘Deal’

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Games, Prime Time, NBC, Ratings,

QuarterlifeRealizing and his ladies are still a force to be reckoned with, has chosen to stick with its ratings hit for a while longer.  was originally scheduled for replacement next month; now its removal has been placed on hold.

, a drama about several twenty-somethings, had been in line to take the game show’s Monday slot on Feb. 12th.  Now the program will be getting a a new home.  Come March 2nd, the series taken straight from the web will air Sundays @ 9pm (this follows a special preview on Feb. 26th).  This reshuffling will move the premieres of and on sister network to Sunday, April 6th.

(For an update on the scheduling changes, check out our Revamped Programming Schedule.)

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Monday Ratings: ‘Terminator’ Showing Signs of Weakness

It looks like the novelty of Terminator may be starting to wear off.  For the second week in a row, it was brought down by reality lineup.

Summer Glau

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Monday Ratings: Howie Mandle Takes on the ‘Terminator’

It was highly doubtful that could maintain its monster-sized numbers from Sunday, but I don’t know if many expected what happened last night.  It wasn’t a group of that brought the show down to size, but rather a comedian and his bevy of suitcase-toting ladies.

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  • About 14.7 million watched and the showgirl on (4.2/11 in 18-49).
  • (9.5 million, 3.3/9) was basically even with last Monday.
  • About 4.9 million traveled down (2.0/5).

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Monday’s ratings here.)

Friday Ratings: ‘Numb3rs’ Reclaims Top Spot

Although ABC’s Women’s Murder Club put up a good fight, CBS’s Numb3rs took back its Friday night crown.

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  • (9.67 million, 2.0/6 in 18-49) was slightly down from last week but remained the most-watched show at 9pm.
  • CBS’s (7.8 million, 2.1/7) outdid ABC in the demos.
  • (5.5 million, 1.9/6) had more spectators compared to last week.


  • The numbers were in favor of (9.72 million, 2.7/9 in 18-49 demo); the show had the best audience and demos of the evening.
  • (2.1/7) pulled in second that hour with 7.51 million viewers.
  • (1.7/5) capped the hour at 6.42 million.

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Friday Ratings: ‘Women’s Murder Club’ Has Strong Debut

Although it wasn’t the most watched network, ABC had the most watched show of the night: Women’s Murder Club.

Women's Murder Club

  • (10.2 million, 2.4/8 share in 18-49 demo) was the hour’s most watched show.
  • (8.8 million, 2.4/9) held steady from last week.
  • FOX’s Major League Baseball game (2.3/8) attracted 7.46 million fans.
  • In its new time slot, (5.6 million, 1.6/6) pulled in fourth.


  • ABC’s (2.5/8 in 18-49) drew 10.8 million total viewers.  The show also saw the network’s best demo performance in this hour since May 2006.
  • (7.3 million, 2.0/6) was down almost 1 million from last week.
  • (5.42 million,1.7/5) was down 6.5 million from its debut.


Howie Mandel Strikes a Deal

Howie Mandel And it didn’t even involve a call from the mysterious “banker.” Howie Mandel, who seemed to fade from the spotlight in recent years, has made his comeback. And then some. Don’t hate me, but I found his hyper comedy routine with the latex glove blown up on his head funny. Then again, I was 11 years old, so that kind of stuff is funny. So, he’s been doing Deal or No Deal since December 2005 and it’s been big business. Who would have thought that this former funnyman and sometimes dramatic actor (hey, he was good on St. Elsewhere) would rise from the ashes and recreate himself as a game show host? For anyone who watches Deal, you know how truly addictive this show can become. I try to steer clear of it because it immediately pulls me in and doesn’t let go. And I’m not alone. The show averages between 8 and 10 million viewers and airs Wednesdays and Fridays. And now, it’s been given the “deal” for syndication, with a special half-hour version that will air five days a week. Mandel, clearly no dummy, will also host the syndicated version (in addition to the regular primetime deal). No changes to the set or those briefcase models when it goes to a half hour, however, the big prize will be reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Still nothing to scoff at. Go Howie!

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This Week on TV (9/17-9/23)

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MONDAY (9/17)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  Season premiere.  What will happen to Dr. Sara Tancredi?
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm):  Special Monday-night premiere (will regularly air on Weds/Fridays).
  • K-Ville (FOX, 9pm):  Series premiere
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm):  Season finale
  • Weeds (Showtime, 10pm):  Mary-Kate Olsen will begin a ten-episode arc tonight.

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The Odds of Winning Deal or No Deal

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Games, Prime Time, NBC,

Deal or No DealUSA Today has a fun look at the chances of winning Deal or No Deal. If you’ve never seen the show, the contestant must select one briefcase from a total of 26 to remain front and center next to them. The player then must choose briefcase numbers—eliminating dollar amounts from 1 cent to 1 million dollars. The chance of having the winning $1 million briefcase is very slim—3.8%. Picking a case containing the $500,000 amount comes in at 11.5%, while the chance of getting a case with $5,000 or less is 57.7%. The USA Today article further breaks down each round and the chances of cashing out with the big prize. The biggest prize winner so far has been Michele Falco, winning $750,000 on September 22nd.

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