It was a terrific ratings debut yesterday, Sept. 17, 2012, for two of the longest-running shows in the history of TV.
"Wheel of Fortune," which started its current syndication run in September 1983, "delivered an average 6.3 household rating in the metered markets, up 9% over its lead-ins and 15% from its time periods’ September 2011 averages," writes our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Furthermore, its access time period running mate, "Jeopardy," which started its current syndication run in September 1984, "posted a 5.9 HH rating, up 16% over its lead-ins and 23% from last year," Andreeva writes, adding, "Both game shows scored far better than any syndicated talk show season/series premieres this fall. Among Adults 25-54, the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ opener delivered a 1.6 rating in the 25 Local People Markets, up a tenth over its Sept ’11 time periods; ‘Jeopardy!’ posted a 1.7, up 21%."
The story also notes that the shows changed stations this season in seven markets..
Both shows were created by the late Merv Griffin. Sony Pictures Television produces both shows, which are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.