FAMILY FEUD Hits All-Time High in Key Demo
The nationally Syndicated "Family Feud," from producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury, hit a record 6.1 household rating during the week ending Jan. 26, marking the first time the fast-rising game show surpassed the 6.0 rating threshold and its highest number since the advent of Nielsen People Meters in 1988.
"Feud" also scored a post-1988 high of a 3.1 nationally in the key advertiser demo of women 25-54, up from the previous high-water mark of a 2.9. It improved 11% over last week and15% from the comparable week a year ago in the demo, while once again surpassing longtime champ "Wheel of Fortune" (3.0) and its companion "Jeopardy" (2.7). Additionally, among adults 25-54, "Feud" (2.7) finished in second place just behind No. 1-rated first-run strip "Judge Judy" (2.8).
The performance puts the Steve Harvey-hosted "Feud," now cleared by Debmar-Mercury between 5 and 8 p.m. in more than 70% of the U.S., up 7% in household ratings over the prior week, 20% versus the comparable week last season and an astronomical 336% since Harvey assumed the hosting reins in September 2010.
In total viewers, "Feud" garnered more than 9.2 million for the week, up 9% from the previous week and 18% from a year ago.
About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As the world's largest independent studio, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 25 countries, creating over 9100 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. FMNA and its portfolio of companies produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, Syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including "American Idol" (FOX), "The X Factor" (FOX), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "Family Feud" (SYN), "Let's Make A Deal" (CBS), "The Price Is Right" (CBS), "The Great Christmas Light Fight," (ABC), "The Tomorrow People" (The CW), "Deadliest Catch" (Discovery), "Married to Medicine" (Bravo), "Ice Road Truckers" (HISTORY), "Storage Wars" (A&E), "The Pet Collective" (blip.tv), and the upcoming "Celebrity Name Game" (SYN), among others.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show and, starting in fall 2014, the Craig Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game with co-producer FremantleMedia North America; has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America's Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Lionsgate Television's Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen and entering off-network syndication in September 2014), Saint George (starring and co-created by George Lopez, debuting in 2014 and in off-network syndication in September 2016) and a new untitled sitcom (starring comedy legends Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer, set to premiere in 2014 and entering broadcast syndication in fall 2017), all for FX; Revolution/CubeVision's Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to South Park, Hell's Kitchen and a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company.