In its second-season opener Sunday, Celebrity Family Feud was down from its breakout debut last summer but did solid business for ABC, flanked by the series premieres of two other classic game show reboots, $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game.
$100,000 Pyramid, hosted by Michael Strahan — who has been in the headlines a lot over his messy transition from Live! to Good Morning America — was the standout at 9 PM with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day) and 8 million viewers, the highest marks of the night. $100,000 Pyramid drew ABC’s biggest summertime (Memorial Day-Labor Day) audience to the time period with regular programming in 11 years, since June 26, 2005.
Celebrity Family Feud set the pace at 8 PM with a 1.5 in 18-49s and 7.8 million for its Season 2 premiere, the second best resultsof the night. The Steve Harvey-hosted primetime offshoot of the syndicated Family Feud was off from the series debut last summer (2.4 adults 18-49 Live+same day rating)
Closing out the night at 10 PM, Match Game, hosted by Alec Baldwin in one of the richest primetime host deals in TV, drew a 1.5 in 18-49s and 6.7 million viewers. That was ABC’s largest summer audience in the time slot with regular programming in nearly 10 years and tied the highest young-adult number in four years – since August 20, 2006 and July 8, 2012, respectively.
ABC won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
Big Brother 18‘s Sunday premiere (1.5, 5.4 million) on CBS was down from last year in the demo (1.8, 5.6 million). The reality series also was down from its Wednesday (1.9, 6.2 million) and Thursday (1.7, 5.7 million) episodes last week.
NBC was competitive, coming in second for the evening behind ABC, with its coverage of Olympic trials/events. The coverage was paced by two of the most popular summer Olympics sports, swimming (1.0 from 8-9 PM) and women’s gymnastics (1.4 from 9-11 PM).