Decent Debut for NBC’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’

It builds on "The Winner Is...'; 'Big Brother,' 'Hell's Kitchen' are Thursday's top shows

UPDATE:Hollywood Game Night” edged up in the nationals to a 1.4 demo rating and 4.28 million viewers overall, making it the summer’s No. 2 new reality series on the Big Four, close behind NBC’s “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” (1.5). The nationals also saw all three reality shows gains a tenth in 18-49: “Big Brother” and “Hell’s Kitchen” to a 2.1, and the timeslot premiere of “The Winner Is…” to a 1.1.


NBC’s gameshow “Hollywood Game Night” opened to decent numbers Thursday night, beating out its broadcast competition in key demos and building on what was a soft timeslot premiere for music competition “The Winner Is.”

CBS’ “Big Brother,” making its Thursday debut this summer, tied with Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” as the night’s top show.

According to preliminary national estimates, NBC’s “The Winner Is…” averaged a 1.0 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall season in its regular-timeslot premiere, well off from the 1.9 it did when it followed a big lead in from “The Voice” with the second of its two preview episodes on June 17. It certainly didn’t help “Winner” that it aired in a time period opposite established reality shows “Big Brother” and “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Building on “The Winner Is…” at 10 p.m. was “Hollywood Game Night,” the new Jane Lynch-hosted gameshow featuring celebrities like Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Alyson Hannigan. It averaged a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers overall, rising from a 1.2 in its first half-hour to a 1.4 at 10:30. (It underperformed in Los Angeles, where it did a 1.0 demo rating.)

The 1.3 was good enough to beat out the young-adult deliveries of ABC’s original drama “Rookie Blue” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and CBS’ repeat “Elementary” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and gave NBC its top regular series score in the 10 o’clock hour since the third episode of “Hannibal” on April 18.

Elsewhere, CBS won the night’s opening hour with repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), and then stayed on top at 9 with the Thursday premiere of “Big Brother” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) tied with “Big Brother” for the 9 p.m. lead in 18-49 and 25-54 (2.5/7), down a tick from its most recent original in the hour. It followed an encore telecast of the Gordon Ramsay show (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

ABC had a sluggish night despite airing all originals with its lineup of “Wipeout” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and original dramas “Motive” (series-low 0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (season-low 1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and Fox, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.4/5; NBC, 1.0/3; ABC, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.0 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Fox, 4.0 million; NBC, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.6 million.

More TV

  • Pennyworth

    TV Review: 'Pennyworth'

    Is there a law that says there must always be a certain number of Batman properties on air at all times? Just as Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films germinated a fandom that seemed to demand not merely a Ben Affleck Batman but also two different Joker-based franchise, so too did the conclusion of Fox’s “Gotham” [...]

  • She's Gotta Have It Review

    'She's Gotta Have It' Canceled After Two Seasons at Netflix

    Netflix has canceled Spike Lee’s series adaptation of “She’s Gotta Have It.” The show ran for two seasons at the streamer. Lee is expected to shop the series to other outlets. The news comes less than two months after the release of Season 2 back in May. “Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers [...]

  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

    'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Will No Longer Attend Comic-Con Panel

    “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with some beloved “Thrones” actors, have canceled their scheduled appearances at San Diego International Comic-Con. Actors Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), director Miguel Sapochnik, and dual writer-producers Benioff and Weiss are no longer attending, HBO revealed in a revised panel lineup [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 'Mr. Robot' Drops

    TV News Roundup: 'Mr. Robot' Drops Season 4 Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s roundup, USA releases a trailer for the final season of “Mr. Robot,” Apple plans a “Snoopy in Space” series and Variety has an exclusive clip from Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Epic Tale of Captain Underpants.” CASTING Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane will guest star in the season premiere of “Law & Order: SVU.” [...]

  • Elisabeth Moss Handmaid's Tale

    Why Elisabeth Moss Deserves More than 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Column)

    Elisabeth Moss has a long talk with a somewhat less-than-present conversation partner, to which Moss herself brings a certain wired tension. Her physical posture, upright even as her voice frays with exhaustion, indicates as much as do her words a new resolve to do better than she’s done as a caretaker. Having run out of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content