Drew Carey’s Other Game Show Debuts
August 8, 2007 11:37 AM
CBS has a mountain riding on its new game show “Power of 10.”
The network hasn’t launched any new hits this summer, and could use a reliable hole-filler for the fall. Moreover, with “Power” host Carey signed as the new host of “Price Is Right,” CBS is anxious to see if Carey’s appeal will draw game show viewers.
Based on last night’s debut/preview numbers and critic reviews, CBS should be relieved. “Power” rated a solid 2.7 among adults 18 to 49 to come in second place for the 8 p.m. hour, while critics praised Carey as a witty and affable host.
This is CBS’s best delivery in the time period since May and the show came in first among adults 18 to 34 (which is unusual since game shows tend to skew older). Still, CBS’s lead-out “Big Brother 8” earned an even-better 2.9, and NBC and Fox’s musical game shows debuted to higher figures earlier this summer. Tonight “Power” will get a second test in its regular time period.
Overall, NBC was first for the night, with "America's Got Talent" (3.2) and "Singing Bee" (3.0, it's lowest Tuesday to date). CBS was second. ABC was third with "Just For Laughs" (1.9 and 2.0, also the lowest showings to date), "Primetime: Crime" (2.2) and "I-Caught" (2.2). Fox had "On the Lot" (0.9) and a repeat. The CW had repeats.