“Family Feud,” the syndicated game show hosted by Steve Harvey, hit rating-record high the first week of January, reaching a 7.6, and ready to be what the producers say is the first nationally syndicated TELEVISION series ever to increase the ratings for seven consecutive years.
In a statement accompanying the ratings news, Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America, welcomed the team to produce and host. “Their passion,” she said, “in combination with the unstoppable talent in Steve Harvey, is what ‘Feud’ will continue to shine.”
The game show has increased its season to date average a 6.8 rating, FremantleMedia says, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
The beginning-of-January figures do not reflect what publicity bump came with Harvey’s covered his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last Friday, January 13. Harvey told reporters gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, that he, Trump, and Dr. Ben Carson discussed working together in the field of urban issues.
According to the ratings announcement, “Feud” numbers “increased almost fivefold” from a 1.4 in the season 2009-10 to the current 6.8 (2.4 in 2010-11, followed by a 3.0, 4.6, 5.0, 6.2, and last season 6.6). It surpasses both the “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” in the game category, and the “Feud” “often leads all first-run syndication.”
The game of the show’s previous ratings high was 7.5 for the week of 18 January 2016.
“Steve Harvey’s brilliant comedic skills and timing have struck a chord with millions of viewers who want nothing more than to be entertained and to laugh,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, Co-Presidents of Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury. “We are incredibly grateful to FremantleMedia, the extraordinary production team, and our station partners, who believed so strongly in ‘Feud’ ever since Steve was host, which is rewarded with upgrades in their most intensive looking at the beginning of the evening periods. This has resulted in one of the most phenomenal reviews turnarounds in television history.”