×

‘Million Second Quiz’ Off to Slow Ratings Start for NBC

Monday's premiere fares no better in demo than previous week's 'American Ninja Warrior'

It has some time to recoup, but NBC’s ambitious gameshow “The MIllion Second Quiz” opened to soft numbers Monday night.

The around-the-clock quiz show hosted by Ryan Seacrest settled for a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, according to Nielsen. While “MSQ” beat tennis on CBS and repeats on ABC and Fox, it merely matched NBC’s demo delivery in the hour a week earlier with reality show “American Ninja Warrior.”

And in a not-so-good sign, “Quiz” dropped from a 1.7 in the 8 p.m. half-hour to a 1.6 in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour. In total viewers, it started with 6.8 million but finished with 6.2 million.

The show follows a group of contestants who compete for up to $10 million in a quiz competition spanning 1,000,000 seconds (or about 11 days). With the exception of next Sunday when it airs “Sunday Night Football,” NBC is devoting the 8 o’clock hour in primetime to the series very night through next Thursday.

Elsewhere on the broadcast networks Monday, CBS’ “Under the Dome” fell to a season low one week from its finale, averaging roughly a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers overall. The preliminary numbers are murky because CBS opted to start TV’s top-rated new show of the summer about 30 minutes late in the Eastern and Central time zones; the net aired U.S. Open tennis until about 8:55 p.m. ET and then aired some comedy repeats before starting “Dome” at about 10:30.

Prelims for ABC are inflated due to a preemption in Philadelphia for Eagles football, but the season finale of “Mistresses” earned a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5 million viewers overall. In the nationals, it figures to come in below its penultimate episode of last week, which also was a 1.4/4.

ESPN dominated the night with its “Monday Night Football” doubleheader. The first game, between Washington and Philadelphia, did a big 11.6 overnight rating, which should translate to around 17 million viewers.

 

More TV

  • Tony Romo

    CBS Sports Re-Signs Tony Romo in Deal Valued Around $17 Million Per Year

    CBS Sports signed prize football analyst Tony Romo to a new deal, a major step in parent company ViacomCBS’ efforts to strike a new rights pact with the National Football League as its current contract heads toward the end of its term. CBS Sports said the company had signed Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Writers Guild Says It Helped Negotiate 100 Deals for Agent-Less Members

    The Writers Guild of America has asserted that it has assisted in negotiating more than 100 deals in recent months for members without agents. The missive from the WGA West board of directors comes nearly a year after the guild leaders ordered their 15,000 members to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed [...]

  • Hilary Duff

    Hilary Duff Asks Disney to Move 'Lizzie McGuire' Revival to Hulu

    Hilary Duff has posted a statement asking that the planned revival of “Lizzie McGuire” be moved from Disney Plus to Hulu. “I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating,” Duff wrote on Instagram. “It’s important to me [...]

  • Tan France Jameela Jamil

    TV News Roundup: Tan France, Jameela Jamil Among OZY Fest Headliners

    In today’s TV news roundup, OZY Media announced Tan France, Jameela Jamil and others as headliners of OZY Fest, and Netflix dropped the official trailer of “On My Block” Season 3. DATES Disney Channel‘s second season of “Just Roll With It” will premiere on Sunday, March 15 at 8:45 p.m. The sitcom follows the Bennett-Blatt family [...]

  • Lorraine Toussaint

    Queen Latifah's 'Equalizer' Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Lorraine Toussaint

    Lorraine Toussaint has joined the CBS’ reboot pilot for “The Equalizer,” Variety has learned. She joins previously announced series lead Queen Latifah and recently announced cast member Liza Lapira. In the reimagined version, Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Toussaint [...]

  • Ben Schnetzer

    'Y: The Last Man' Series at FX Casts Ben Schnetzer as Yorick

    Ben Schnetzer has stepped into the role of Yorick Brown in FX’s upcoming “Y: The Last Man” series, Variety has learned. He takes over the role from Barry Keoghan, who exited the series at the beginning of this month. The show is based on Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s award-winning DC Comics graphic novel series [...]

  • Herb Dorfman Obit Dead

    Herb Dorfman, Orion Pictures Home Video Executive, Dies at 77

    Herb Dorfman, former Orion Pictures executive and a home video industry veteran, died Feb. 25 of complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He was 77. Dorfman served as head of home entertainment for Orion Pictures from 1987 to late 1996. Orion was a prosperous independent studio in those days that turned out a steady stream [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content