Submitted by Judith Alexander
The host hasn’t had a great week. First, Seacrest got booed by a stadium full of fans at the NFL season opener last Thursday. He was there to promote his new game show, “Million Second Quiz.”
That ill will followed the inauspicious premiere of his new game show. Debuting Monday night to so-so ratings, “Million Second Quiz” won its 8 p.m. timeslot, but it was a long way from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-sized success.
The series premiere got 6.5 million viewers and a 1.7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 age group. Consider that to a mere rerun of “Shark Tank” on ABC that received a 1.5 in the same group. Or even the fact that “MSQ” only just matched the numbers of NBC’s own “America Ninja” in the same timeslot last week.
While it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, NBC’s hit singing show “The Voice” earned a 4.7 rating in that key demo for its fall premiere last year.
Of course, those kind of numbers are rare, especially for NBC. Still, that “MSQ” dropped half a million viewers from the start to the end isn’t a good sign.