GSN hit a jackpot with a game show about the world’s most popular book the Bible hosted by the family-friendly Alpharetta stand-up Jeff Foxworthy. The result: the network’s most popular show in its 17-year history by a huge margin.
On Thursday, “American Bible Challenge” drew 1.7 million viewers, obliterating the previous record by a half million – the March 2003 documentary “Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal.”
“The best-selling book of all time is now GSN’s most viewed program of all time, which proves that consumers are yearning for fun, family- friendly entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, GSN, in a press release. “We are incredibly proud of this show and are happy that it connected with so many viewers.”
Never under-estimate the appeal of Foxworthy, a man who walks the walk when it comes to the Bible and found his game-show chops a few years ago with Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” (See my story from a few days ago.)
“American Bible Challenge” features three trios, who are seeking to win $20,000 for their selected charity. They then have a shot at $100,000 in the finale. The questions are related to the Bible but are created to be entertaining, even if you aren’t intimately familiar with the book. And Foxworthy adds a level of comfort and humor that is light, but not disrespectful of the contestants or the topics at hand.
GSN commissioned just 10 episodes for the first season, which is very modest for a game show. But if the show even holds half that number in coming weeks, GSN may have a relative hit for many years to come.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk