Guess Which Game Show is the Most Popular Worldwide

Jan 25, 2010  •  Post A Comment

With the opening of the annual convention of the National Association of Television Program Executives in Las Vegas today, word comes from Television Business International that they’ve determined the most popular game show in the world, based on ratings.

And the winner is–drum-roll please: "Slumdog Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Here is the top 10, according to the magazine:

Show                                                      Debut channel               Debut year      Distributor/Licensor
1. Who Wants To  Be A Millionaire?   ITV (UK)                        1998                Sony Pictures Television
2. Deal or No Deal                                 Nederland 2                 2002                Endemol
3. Wipeout                                               ABC (US)                       2008                Endemol
4.  Wheel of Fortune                              NBC (US)                      1975                CBS Studios International 5.  Family Feud                                       ABC (US)                      1976                FremantleMedia
6.  Don’t Forget The Lyrics                    Fox (US)                        2007               RDF Rights
7.  Hole in the Wall                                 Fox (US)                        2008               FremantleMedia
8.  Are You Sm. Than A 5th Grader?   Fox (US)                        2007               Shine Int’l./Mark Burnett Pr.
9.  Jeopardy                                             NBC (US)                      1964               CBS Studios International
10. I Love My Country                             RTL4 (Netherlands)    2008               Talpa Media

Countries included in the survey were: UK, US, Australia, Belgium (North and South separately), Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. According to the report, "Rankings were based on the number of times a show appeared in a country’s top-rated programmes with shows under five minutes and duplicates excluded."

–Chuck Ross


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