Want a Game Show Ratings Boost? Hire an ‘Original Kings of Comedy’ Member

Want a Game Show Ratings Boost? Hire an 'Original Kings of Comedy' Member

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” sees 20 percent increase in key demo year-over-year, “Family Feud” up 15 percent

Game on, D.L. Hughley.

Of the five syndicated fall TV game shows, the only two up in the key demo year-over-year are hosted by members of the “Original Kings of Comedy.”

With Bernie Mac's 2008 death, the comedy quartet became a trio. The only surviving member not jump-starting game show ratings right now is Hughley. But he will have his chance to match his friends’ success when “Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host” premieres next week. Comedian Michael Ian Black will co-host the show.

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“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” hosted by Cedric “The Entertainer,” is up 20 percent in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic from the same time period last year, when it was hosted by Meredith Vieira. However, that large jump is skewed somewhat when considering the small ratings in question — a 0.6 vs. 2012's 0.5.

“Family Feud,” hosted by friend and stand-up comedy tour collaborator Steve Harvey, is up 15 percent year-over-year — a 1.3 rating to a 1.5.

The other three syndicated game shows — “Cash Cab,” “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” — are all flat from 2012's fall-to-date measurement.

While “Millionaire” has grown under its new host, it still ranks fourth out of the five shows in ratings and viewers. “Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host” debuts Oct. 22.

  • Laura Guimont

    Steve Harvey rocks on The Feud. Best host ever!

  • Carolyn Carter

    Anyone who says “I finally got it right” talking about his marriage to the current wife, Marjorie, while his son from his second wife is listening, does not rock in my book.