Family Feud shows no signs of aging as it begins its 14th season of syndication. Ratings were up significantly for the Fall 2012 debut week.
Ratings surged 50% for Family Feud from last season’s debut to a 3.9 in households and, among the key demo of women 25-54, it soared 46% to 1.9 to surpass Jeopardy (1.5) and tie Wheel of Fortune. As Feud began its 14th season, the syndicated show, distributed by Debmar-Mercury and produced by FremantleMedia North America, ranked No. 4 among all first-run strips.
According to the national ranking report for the week ended Sept. 16, Feud, hosted by standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and new talk show host Steve Harvey, also leapt 30% year-to-year from a 3.0 average household rating during the recently-concluded 2011-12 season, Debmar-Mercury announced.
“This marks the best performance by Feud since the week of March 9, 1992 (the half-hour strip started its current syndication run in the 1999-2000 season), following substantial ratings gains the past two seasons since Harvey joined as host in September 2010,” the syndicator noted.
“We expected substantial ratings growth from Feud with the greatly improved station lineup and are thrilled to see this amazing result for its debut number,” said a statement from Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.