Deal or No Deal

2005, TV Show


Ratings: Howie, Heroes and Miami Hit Highs

Wow, a lot of people were watching television this Monday night:— Deal or No Deal, with an audience of 17.97 million total viewers, enjoyed not just a season high but also its second-biggest audience ever, behind the June 5 first-season finale.— Prison Break (9.15 mil) had its best outing since Sept. 18.— Up 800,000 heads from last week, The Class (8.5 mil) earned its best grades since Oct. 16.— Heroes set a new series high, with 15.01 million viewers, coming within a mil of comedy warhorse Two and a Half Men.— A repeat of House drew 9.25 mil. That's 3.4 mil more than the number of people who checked out the last fresh outing of Justice.— CSI: Miami's based-on-a-LaRue-story episode (18.43 mil) was its season's best.— Studio 60 (7.79 million) had its best showing since Oct. 9.Playing the role of Debbie Downer in this ratings recap is What About Brian, which celebrated its full-season pickup by drawing its smallest audience of the season — 5.59... read more

I have to say that I'm ...

Question: I have to say that I'm shocked and saddened by the news that NBC is giving up on the 8 o'clock hour. I don't think the time has to do as much with the network's ratings as its offerings do. Deal or No Deal and My Name Is Earl manage to find audiences at 8. So do Jericho, Dancing with the Stars and many others on competing networks. Personally, I wish there would be more scripted shows at 8 o'clock. I always find myself sitting in front of the TV at that time with absolutely nothing to watch. I get up at 5:30 in the morning, and watching a dense drama that demands my attention is a daunting task at 10, so when shows like the wordy Studio 60 come on, I fall asleep during the commercial breaks. I have recently been taping 10 o'clock shows and watching them at 8. I really wish Studio 60 would be moved to 8 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Having watched the show at that time over the last few weeks, I even think it comes off as a little more lighthearted and a little less full of ... read more

NBC's New "Must-Tee-Hee" Thursday Strategy

Finally, NBC is giving us what we've been asking for: a two-hour block of cutting-edge network comedy on Thursday. Just like in the old days, except in this new lineup, which kicks in November 30, there are no howling dogs like The Single Guy, Union Square, Veronica's Closet, etc.Here's the new lineup: My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs and 30 Rock. Could it get any better than that?Well, I suppose it would be better if the competition were a little less brutal for Scrubs than Grey's Anatomy on ABC and CSI on CBS. This is, however, classic and aggressive counterprogramming. There's little chance Scrubs will do better than a distant third—for one thing, Grey's many weeks is as sexy and funny a hospital farce as the wacky, giddy Scrubs. But this lineup sends a strong signal that NBC is serious about Thursdays, a night the network used to own on the strength of its signature comedies. Or should I say NBC is being seriously funny, to borrow CBS's catch-phrase for its own comedy bl... read more

I have a question (or ...

Question: I have a question (or suggestion rather) regarding Deal or No Deal. Why don't they have 26 male models also? How come it seems that women are always the models on game shows (Bob Barker's Beauties, Vanna White, etc.)? I adore all of the 26 beautiful models on Deal or No Deal and enjoy seeing what they wear every episode, but wouldn't it be a great surprise if one night 26 gorgeous men walked down the steps with the cases? Just a thought. Answer: Let's make a deal, Jenny. I like your style. I imagine a stunt like that could bring a whole new demographic to the show. Dream on, my dear. But seriously, to address your actual question, it seems to me that the glamorous, ornamental girls on game shows (from Carol Merrill of Let's Make a Deal on down) exists to give husbands something to look at and women something to comment on (Look at Vanna's hair! Her gown! What was she thinking?) while these silly games play on. There does seem to be a gender hierarchy at play: Hosts are almos ... read more

Forget the Cheerleader — Save NBC

NBC jumped the shark in 2004.The Apprentice was the hottest show on television. We're talking absolute must see TV that was oozing buzz. NBC tried to capitalize on the show's success and put all their eggs in the Donald's reality basket.I said it then, and I'm saying it now — moving The Apprentice to anchor Thursday nights sent the network right over the fin. ABC learned its lesson with Millionaire. CBS always had CSI and Everybody Loves Raymond to go with Survivor and The Amazing Race.Thursday nights belonged to NBC. It lost Friends and Frasier (which had jumped the shark years ago) and had nothing in the pipeline. First to fourth wasn't an "if", it was a "when".I understand how tempting it is to lead off each night with a game show or reality show (i.e. inexpensive show). It's also another big mistake. Deal or No Deal is getting pummeled into the ground as I type as the contestants get more and more "wacky".So you're Jeff Zucker... what do you do? Glad you asked.1. Pluck C... read more

Exclusive Preview: We've Got The Nine's Number!

John Billingsley, Tim Daly and Kim Raver, The Nine

Tonight at 10 pm/ET, ABC dials up The Nine, a serialized thriller that quickly stages, and then picks up during the aftermath of, a bank hostage situation that has a profound effect on the strangers involved. Among the many familiar faces filling out the cast are Tim Daly (Wings), Scott Wolf (Everwood), Kim Raver (24) and Chi McBride (Boston Public). grabbed nine minutes with Hank Steinberg, who cocreated The Nine with his sister K.J., to get an exclusive preview o read more

I love your column and ...

Question: I love your column and respect your opinion greatly. I believe you said a while ago that we are in a golden age of TV drama. A few years ago I wouldn't have believed it was possible, as I lamented the loss of the great Boomtown. But so far, I'm very happy with this TV season. High on my list are Jericho, which I was happy to see seemed to be well-received, and Six Degrees, Kidnapped and Justice. Coming in close behind are Men in Trees, Studio 60 and Vanished. I'm slightly concerned about getting hooked on these shows only to have them canceled, but that would never stop me from enjoying them while I can. In your opinion, can these shows survive? I would hate to see any of them go too soon. Also, I was a bit perplexed and annoyed by the media coverage following the premiere of Studio 60. There was a lot of talk about how the show was not able to retain the audience of its lead-in, Deal or No Deal. Who would possibly think that those two shows are compatible? As a high-school ... read more

Cross Jordan Off the Friday Calendar

I can already predict the mail I'll be getting from Crossing Jordan fans who'll feel their show is once again in danger. The reason: NBC has just announced a new game show, 1 vs 100, that will occupy the Friday night time slot (8 pm/ET) that was originally set aside for Jordan's return Oct. 20. (The new show actually sounds like a fun Friday experiment, pitting a single contestant against a "mob" of 100 people, all vying to answer trivia questions. At least it sounds brainier than Deal Or No Deal, although what wouldn't?)My advice to Jordan fans: Relax. Wouldn't it be worse for the show to return on the wrong night and in a too-early time period? This show and Medium are both on hiatus for a simple reason: NBC has fewer time periods to work with this fall, now that pro football occupies the entire Sunday night block. Theoretically, both shows (which NBC considers, rightly, versatile utility players) could take up residence on Sundays after football season. Or, possibly, if any of NB... read more

Funny, but I could've sworn ...

Question: Funny, but I could've sworn that at the beginning of this year, NBC was hyping the fact that they were going back to a two-hour comedy block on Thursday night. They made a big stink about how they were going to stick with it, even if it didn't work in the beginning. But this season they've totally dumped the two-hour comedy block and scheduled Deal or No Deal at 9 pm/ET. What's up with NBC's sudden and unexpected about-face? (Not that I really care, anyway, since I'll be watching Survivor and CSI.) Answer: So they lost you already, right? Hardly seems fair, especially since the one hour of comedy NBC is scheduling on Thursdays is so strong: My Name Is Earl and the ever-improving The Office, coming off its Emmy win. Last mid-season's experiment of returning to NBC's comedy roots was hobbled by the usual reality: NBC didn't have enough good comedies to fill the two hours (especially since the network stubbornly refuses to give Scrubs a berth on the night). When the fall season ... read more

I know it's still summer, but ...

Question: I know it's still summer, but have the networks announced tentative dates for their season premieres? Answer: As of now, the only network not to announce premiere dates is CBS, which will likely launch most of its new and returning shows the weeks of Sept. 17 and 24. Here's how the others shape up: The season kicks off early on Fox, with Prison Break and Vanished on Aug. 21; then the limited reality series Duets on Aug. 29; Justice and Bones on Aug. 30; House and Standoff on Sept. 5; the comedies 'Til Death and Happy Hour on Sept 7; Nanny 911 on Sept. 8; Cops and America's Most Wanted on Sept. 9; Fox's animated comedy lineup plus The War at Home on Sept. 10; and MADtv Sept. 16. (The O.C. won't return until after postseason baseball on Nov. 2.) On ABC, 20/20 officially kicks off Sept. 8; Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 12 and 13; Wife Swap premieres Sept. 18; Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees on Sept. 21; Ugly Betty and Men in Trees on Sept. 22; Extreme Makeover: Home read more

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Premiered: December 19, 2005, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Contestants compete for cash inside sealed briefcases in this game show.



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