ABC has given a second season to “500 Questions,” the intellect-themed trivia show created by reality competition series ace Mark Burnett and Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television president Mike Darnell.
“I am so glad we are back; I love this game show event. To win, these geniuses need both brains and endurance as they tackle television’s toughest questions,” said Burnett.
“500 Questions” received a straight-to-series order last year. It aired in May as a multi-night primetime event, where it averaged a modest 1.05 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers overall, according to live plus same-day Nielsen estimates. Despite these numbers, ABC was proud the show took a different approach in the unscripted space, and believed their was room for growth after its first run.
“When we created ‘500 Questions,’ our hope was to bring the event game show back to primetime,” said Darnell. “Thanks to ABC, we had a great summer run and achieved that goal. We are excited that the show is coming back for a second season.”
The renewal comes as ABC continues a push toward repopularizing the trivia-style game show format. It aired a celebrity version of “Family Feud” last summer, which had strong ratings. It is also reviving the classic game show “To Tell the Truth,” which will be hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson and feature (who else?) Betty White.
Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers of “500 Questions.” Ed Egan is the co-executive producer.
Rick Kissell and Elizabeth Wagmeister contributed to this report.