Deal or No Deal

2005, TV Show



In the Monday-night ratings, NBC's Deal or No Deal (with 13.5 million total viewers) bested ABC's Wife Swap (9.4 mil), CBS' King of Queens-How I Met Your Mother combo (which averaged 10.3 mil) and Part 1 of Fox's Skating with Celebrities finale (8.7 mil) in the 8 pm hour. Come 9 pm CBS' Two and a Half Men dominated with 17.3 million viewers, trumping the first half hours of Fox's 24 (13.4 mil), NBC's relocated The Apprentice (down from its typical take with just 9.9 mil) and ABC's The Bachelor finale (9.5 mil). Courting Alex dropped the Eye's lead at 9:30 to the back end of 24, which surged to 14.2 mil. At 10 pm, CBS' CSI: Miami ruled with 18 million, compared to 12.8 for the final stretch of Bachelor and 10.4 mil for NBC's Medium. read more

I wanted to know your take on ...

Question: I wanted to know your take on NBC's scheduling changes after the Olympics. I personally think that NBC may be putting itself in a grave situation. First I need to talk about the moving of Law & Order to Wednesdays, an hour earlier, at 9 pm/ET. This is a horrible time slot considering its competition. I have to give up Law & Order because I already tape Veronica Mars while I watch Lost. Again Scrubs was denied a Thursday time slot (post-Earl when The Office ends in March). And I feel that NBC is trying to annoy Dick Wolf. First, Trial by Jury was canceled, they move Law & Order to Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET and now they are airing Conviction Fridays at 10 pm/ET (the same slot as Trial by Jury) when they should pair it with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since many SVU fans are going to watch because of Stephanie March reprising her role as Alexandra Cabot. Also, Deal or No Deal and The Apprentice are the lead-ins to the underappreciated Medium. They should have kept read more

I'm often quick to criticize NBC...

I'm often quick to criticize NBC when it blunders, which sometimes seems like a full-time job. And it's pretty clear the network is still far from perfect — witness the bungling of The Book of Daniel, buried on Fridays where low ratings would almost certainly have doomed it, even without a religious-right protest that scared away spineless advertisers.

But when NBC does something right, as in a series of aggressive moves announced over the weekend, it seems only right to take notice. Among the highlights:

Ta-ta, West Wing: Calling it quits was inevitable, but even so, I feared that NBC would, out of desperation, try to keep the franchise going after President Bartlet passes the torch to his successor. Thankfully, that will not be the case, and the show will wrap up with a retrospective and series final read more


In other Peacock Network news, both My Name Is Earl and The Office have been picked up (and deservedly so) for next season, Will & Grace's eighth and last season will conclude May 18 with a one-hour retrospective and an hourlong finale, and, post-Olympics, The Apprentice and Deal or No Deal will call Monday home, pushing Las Vegas to Friday. Meanwhile, Law & Order will air an hour earlier on Wednesdays — opposite Lost. Now that's criminal intent. read more


Former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner will host Conversations with Michael Eisner, an hourlong interview program for CNBC, the network announced on Tuesday.... David Bowie, blues pioneer Robert Johnson and the late Richard Pryor will be honored with lifetime achievement awards at next month's Grammys.... FX has ponied up big bucks for the cable-TV rights to Superman Returns, six months before the film even hits theaters.... NBC's hot new game show, Deal or No Deal, is looking for contestants in Universal City (today), San Francisco (Jan. 14) and Philadelphia (Jan. 19). For places and times, visit read more


The Howie Mandel-hosted U.S. import of the game show Deal or No Deal finished its five-night run on Friday with an average of 11.7 million viewers, giving NBC its best non-Olympics ratings in the 8 o'clock hour in more than three years. As such, ABC NBC has quickly ordered additional outings for Millionaire Deal, which are likely to air in March. read more

Deal or No Deal You know what...

Martha Stewart, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

Deal or No DealYou know what would be fun? If the contestants had to dress up in silly costumes like they did on Let’s Make a Deal. That might help this show shed its overly dramatic image. Howie almost had that bemused look that Monty Hall used to have when he could just tell that the people were making a crazy gamble. Howie shook his head and seemed totally flabbergasted when Daryl turned down a decent amount of cash for a long-shot chance at half a million dollars. I know I’ve complained about the families, and trust me it annoyed me to no end when they got Amy’s little kids on the phone to find out what they thought... as if they had a clue what the heck was happening. However, I have to say that I liked Daryl’s brother, who in a weird way — perhaps read more

ABC's and D's
How do the nets fare in their midterm report cards?

Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl

We're 13 weeks into the 2005-06 TV season, so it's report-card time at the Biz. Based on the ratings, here's how each of the broadcast networks is doing so far: CBS: Not only the most-watched network, but it's also No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted category of viewers 18 to 49 years old. Friday night has been rebuilt with Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home and Numbers. Criminal Minds is a solid hit, despite going up against ABC's Lost on Wednesday. The departure of Everybody Loves Raymond from Monday has hurt a bit, and read more


Monday's premiere of Deal or No Deal brought to the negotiating table 11.6 million viewers, enough of them in the 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 demos for the NBC game show to win the night in those categories. Me? I miss Monty Hall. read more

Deal or No Deal Things I don’t...


Deal or No DealThings I don’t like about this show? The whole "let’s cut to commercial to build suspense." That really starts to get on my nerves. I don't like it when Ryan Seacrest does it on Idol and I don't dig it here. I just wish it would move along at a bit of a faster clip. I'm suspicious of the shadowy banker — the way he sits up high and watches the proceedings. Is it even the same guy all the time? Is it even a guy? I'm also not fond of the way the families either egg on the contestants or try to dissuade them. It is distracting — I’d like to see the people try to suss out the odds on their own. Probably a little less dramatic, but it would make it more interesting to me and more of a challenge for the participants. But there is a lot that I do like about the show: It's fun to try to cal 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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