NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” will be back for another season.
The Ellen DeGeneres-hosted game show has been picked up for another 13-episode season, NBC’s alternative programming executive Paul Telegdy announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.
“I’m so excited to get to do another season because I’m not just the producer and host, I’m also a loyal viewer,” said Ellen DeGeneres. “I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don’t wanna say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company.”
The show, which adapts games from DeGeneres’s daytime talk show, has proved to be a ratings success for NBC. The first half of the two-episode premiere scored a 2.5 rating among adult viewers 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers with three days of delayed viewing factored in, according to Nielsen. The second hour did even better with a 2.7 rating and 9.9 million total viewers.
“Ellen’s enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious. It’s been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a primetime stage,” added Telegdy. “Audiences love spending time with her and we know she’ll continue to raise the bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show continues to grow.”
“Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their fans the way she does,” said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “With ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ she has yet another out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to start shooting our second season.”
The show is executive produced by DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Jeff Kleeman and Derek Westervelt. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer on the show, produced Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and DeGeneres’s A Very Good Production.