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Jeff Foxworthy garners biggest hit ever for GSN with ‘American Bible Challenge’

American-Bible-ChallengeGSN 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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

124 comments Add your comment

Thanks Rodney

August 25th, 2012
3:47 am

Here’s hoping Foxworthy and the show stay around a long time.
Thanks Rodney for reporting on this and giving Jeff his props.

Waldo Pepper

August 25th, 2012
4:39 am

Judges 21:10-24 , Numbers 31:7-18 , Deuteronomy 20:10-14, Deuteronomy 22:28-29 , 2 Samuel 12:11-14 I could go on and on but I am sure you will not see any of these passages discussed. The contradictions are endless and the rape, murder and violence non stop yet they feel the need to have a game show about it. I guess it is petty funny at that.

Buddy Mcbudderson

August 25th, 2012
10:40 am

I prefer my fairy tales to at least be interesting.

pagan man

August 25th, 2012
12:52 pm

waldo pepper good point,all this is kinda along the lines of santa claus and the easter bunny aint it,(and the tooth fairy also)

Sundrop Kid

August 25th, 2012
1:20 pm

Sorry, can’t agree with the statement that “he walks the walk”. I have seen his shows on CMT with Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall. Jeff can get “down and dirty” , even vulgar, when he gets with the other three, and sometimes by himself. If he was one of the good squeaky clean comedians, I could support him in this endeavor, but he is very hypocritical at times. Won’t work!

fan

August 25th, 2012
1:41 pm

I watched it and liked it. Will watch again.

Jj

August 25th, 2012
1:41 pm

Which came first, Adam or dinosaurs? Trick question. Christians know werent no dinosaurs.

ds

August 25th, 2012
1:52 pm

Why watch if you dont believe…..crazy. Try the bible/God you might like it……or don’t watch, find something else to do with you time

pat

August 25th, 2012
2:00 pm

I like how idiots who never read a book feel qualified discussing said book. Don’t talk about things you don’t understand, it make you look stupid…. Oh, wiat.

The ultimate fantasy, the ultimate magic trick is that nothing can do something. This is what atheists believe. Their reasoning is circular, their logic is flawed and their stupidity is epic.

Tech Fan

August 25th, 2012
2:14 pm

@Pagan man,

Adults don’t disbelieve in Santa Claus because we don’t have enough evidence for him. We disbelieve in Santa because we have positive evidence that he doesn’t exist. There’s nobody flying around the North Pole, and there’s no fat old guy delivering presents. Likewise, there is no positive evidence to suggest that God doesn’t exist. Any criminologist will tell you, “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” So just because you don’t recognize the face of God in front of you every day, doesn’t mean a supreme being doesn’t exist. Further, I’d argue that we do have positive evidence that God does exist: existence of objective moral values, evidence for the fine tuning of the universe to allow initial conditions for the existence of life, and ultimately the fact that something can’t come from nothing. So before the Big Bang — nothing. All of the sudden and for no reason, matter exists? Hmm. Well, we know from modern cosmology that space did at one point exist as a singularity. Meaning the universe is not infinite. If you actually believe atheism is true, life becomes immediately vapid and pointless. We’d all just be swarms of atoms baked from years of evolutionary chaos. On atheism, as a moderately advanced ape, my life would serve no end other than propagating DNA and satisfying my immediate happiness. No social values system with other humans, no obligation to be “good”. It would all be an illusion. I truly feel bad for you if you wake up everyday and think of nothing other than yourself. Sad.

Also, you listed beings like Santa, the Tooth-fairy, and the Easter Bunny. These are contingent beings. – They require time, matter and space to exist. God is not a contingent being. Please look up “modal logic”.

Good day to you. God loves you immensely. I hope you wouldn’t turn away from that.

Travis McGee

August 25th, 2012
2:15 pm

Those who can’t play Jeopardy feel superior that they can name the Twelve Disciples and where Jesus was born.

Special K

August 25th, 2012
2:21 pm

Have to laugh at some of these posts. Maybe you folks can request a “Name your favorite pagan” or “Guess the atheist”. Will that work for you?

John

August 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

Tech Fan – What a load of crap.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 25th, 2012
2:31 pm

I watched, it was good, loved the format. I got all the question until the last round, they were good questions.

pagan man

August 25th, 2012
2:39 pm

tech fan if god created the universe then who created god? can’t answer that can you

True Country

August 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

Tech Fan you are the man (or woman). Outstanding points and I couldn’t agree more. My tip for the day “if you don’t like the show, then simply don’t watch it” God bless and have a great day.

True Country

August 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

Pagan man, I could give you some scriptures that would answer that question, but I know it would do no good.

tlhanger

August 25th, 2012
2:47 pm

Like Jeff a lot and really happy his program is a hit!

Mike

August 25th, 2012
2:53 pm

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It depends on what you mean by God. If by God you mean the one and only Creator of the universe, then it is easy to show that God doesn’t exist. Here’s the proof:

Assume that God created the universe. It follows then that everything in the universe has a Creator. However, God is a part of the universe, since we are here discussing God. It follows that God must have a Creator, but God can have no Creator, since if He did, it would follow that something other than God would ultimately be responsible for the creation of the universe. In other words, God must be separate from his Creation, but that isn’t true, since we are here discussing God. Therefore, God the Creator can’t exist. This proof of course also shows that Jesus is not a manifestation of God – as some Christians believe – since Jesus is also a part of the universe, and God cannot be a part of the universe.

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Your life has whatever meaning you attach to it. If you want it to be vapid and pointless, then that’s what it will be. If you want it to be full and meaningful, then that’s what it will be. Since this is true whether or not God exists, there’s no need for a God to make your life full and meaningful.

brian

August 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

Right on Waldo. I wonder how many of these pathetic Christians are even aware that Moses heartily endorses the practice of raping virgins in Deuteronomy 20:10-14.

Dave in Marietta

August 25th, 2012
3:07 pm

I thought Harry Potter was the best selling book in the world. I’ll be damned.

janet

August 25th, 2012
3:13 pm

Which Bible? Can you challenge like in Scrabble?

Mike

August 25th, 2012
3:15 pm

“Likewise, there is no positive evidence to suggest that God doesn’t exist.”

It depends on what you mean by God. If by God you mean the one and only Creator of the universe, then it is easy to show that God doesn’t exist. Here’s the proof:

Assume that God created the universe. It follows then that everything in the universe has a Creator. However, God is a part of the universe, since we are here discussing God. It follows that God must have a Creator, but God can have no Creator, since if He did, it would follow that something other than God would ultimately be responsible for the creation of the universe. In other words, God must be separate from his Creation, but that isn’t true, since we are here discussing God. Therefore, God the Creator can’t exist. This proof of course also shows that Jesus is not a manifestation of God – as some Christians believe – since Jesus is also a part of the universe, and God cannot be a part of the universe.

“If you actually believe atheism is true, life becomes immediately vapid and pointless.”

Your life has whatever meaning you attach to it. If you want it to be vapid and pointless, then that’s what it will be. If you want it to be full and meaningful, then that’s what it will be. Since this is true whether or not God exists, there’s no need for a God to make your life full and meaningful.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

August 25th, 2012
3:30 pm

You have to have just as much faith to believe as you do to disbelieve.

friedenker

August 25th, 2012
3:33 pm

Pat, i’ve probably read more of the book than you and that’s WHY i’m an atheist.

iRun

August 25th, 2012
3:42 pm

Hooo, Mike! Right on on your last point.

As an atheist, people think I must be stupid, which is rather amazing since I have a higher degree in mathematics.

As an atheist, people think I must only think of myself, but I think of my family, my community, the environment, the impact of my actions on my surroundings. I am always concerned with making sure I inflict no unintended harm.

As an atheist, people think I must have no morals because I have nothing to fear, but the way I see it is I try to make my world as good and happy as possible and that means being kind and considerate, and it makes it happy for those around me, as well.

I’d watch this show. I have nothing to fear from the Bible.

Mike S.

August 25th, 2012
3:43 pm

@Mike – you need to go back to the drawing board. Sorry, but that might be the worst “proof” I’ve ever read.

Irony

August 25th, 2012
4:00 pm

God loves everyone, even those people that despise, reject and mock Him. And He’s there waiting for you to find Him.

Jeremy

August 25th, 2012
4:00 pm

I agree that Foxworthy can get pretty vulgar at times. Sure he doesn’t swear, but I see a little inconsistency in his Christianity and some of his comedy. It is hard to be clean and a comedian because practically no one laughs at a clean stand up routine. Just don’t say you are clean if you are just cleaner than everyone else. Then again, Foxworthy never said he was clean that I am aware of.

Tech Fan, you do realize that when you said “We disbelieve in Santa because we have positive evidence that he doesn’t exist. There’s nobody…” the word nobody signals negative, not positive evidence.

Just a thanks

August 25th, 2012
4:04 pm

A great way to learn things from the bible that we didn’t know. I hope it last. I will be watching. Love it!!!!

Daniel

August 25th, 2012
4:19 pm

game show about the best selling fiction book of all time, and I bet a atheist would defeat a christian on this show

cory griffith IV

August 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

The funny thing about blogs is people always comment on how they never care about the topic or how it does not affect them in any way.

atheists who hate the bible watch this

August 25th, 2012
4:58 pm

ap

August 25th, 2012
5:14 pm

A game on a book that condones enslavement, wife-beating and stoning, yes, very family friendly

Tim Taylor

August 25th, 2012
5:24 pm

Why are people opening your mouth if u cant say something nice. Dont like, dont watch

PraisetheLord

August 25th, 2012
5:27 pm

You know, in a nut shell, all the Bible is teaching us is to love GOD, be good, law-abiding, loving people. If we do these things, the Bible says we have a Paradise waiting for us. Even if there is no Paradise, what’s wrong with doing good? Just think,what if you atheists are wrong, that means in hell will you lift up your eyes!!!! Why not just be on the safe side?????? What do you have to loose? Not as much as you have to GAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

Setter

August 25th, 2012
5:33 pm

If the new trend is doing game shows based on fairy tales, I hope they get around to Mormonism. Now that would be entertainment.

whiteboy

August 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

It’s a game show…really…not that serious…

TheologyRocks

August 25th, 2012
6:06 pm

Athiest, Agnostics, and those of marginal belief. If I answer your question sufficiently will you then believe? If not please don’t waste a believers time. Most people are just looking for a good argument not for conversion. That’s certainly not what faith is about.

Tom

August 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Watching the nonreligious denigrate people of faith is a lot like watching the KKK march through an African-American neighborhood. The appropriate response isn’t to argue because words won’t change a hate-filled mind.

Virginia Highlands Boy

August 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

I’ll say this. I do not believe in “God” one iota. But that doesn’t mean I’m right. And if HE does exist then HE has been doing a pretty crappy job around this rock since we all crawled up out of the muck (oh pardon me, that should be “since HE created us in HIS image”). In my line of work anyone whose performance was as poor as HIS has been would have long ago been given 3 warnings then put on a performance improvement plan and ultimately discharged for cause and denied unemployment compensation.

Does Heaven have a Human Resources Dept.? Who’s in charge up there?

Virginia Highlands Boy

August 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

Oh and remember one thing about this show. Jeff Foxworthy is doing this show for one reason and one reason only, MONEY! He’s certainly not doing it because he’s a man of faith. And if he’s claiming he is, well I’d duck and cover every time I went into the church house if I was him.

Grace

August 25th, 2012
6:43 pm

I couldn’t agree more with you two “Tech Fan & True Country”. Keep up the good works! Continue to shine the light in these darken old world. Pray for those who are blinded by the truth. Those who don’t believe first…will never know the Love of Christ that is within us always until the end of time.

May Jesus Christ strengthen your faith always! GB :)

Grace

August 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

@Ap and some of you so as well…

Which part of the BIBLE book you didn’t understand? I agree with PraisetheLord…and if you truly read the book and didn’t get what Praise said….you must be driving on the other side of the road or should I say “wide is the road to destruction”.

Grace

August 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

@Theo….you ROCK!

Grace

August 25th, 2012
6:58 pm

@Virginia…don’t compare God with your job or with people you work with….compare it with Parenting if you parent your children before and watch them grow up and gave them “freedom” to go. Try that instead.

Virginia Highlands Boy

August 25th, 2012
7:08 pm

@Grace, I would respond to you if anything you said made the slightest bit of sense.

Patty

August 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

I’m not surprised by the confusion some people on this loop have with the Bible, citing out of context the condoning for slavery and raping virgins and such. Much of the quotes sited have been taken out of the historical portions of the Bible, laws that His people asked of Him rather than giving control of their lives to Him. A lot can be learned from this portion of the Bible, but if you don’t get another else out of the book, know this–God loves you so much, He sent His beloved Son to die for you. YOU! Even if you were the only one on this old earth, Christ would have went to the cross for you!

I’m expecting quite a bit of flak but that’s to be expected–trying to live out your faith has becoming a very dangerous way of life these days.

Marc Neermann

August 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

These threads are so revealing! They show how little the antagonists really know. You guys are clueless you babel on about parts of the Bible and HAVE NEVER READ IT. That really makes you creditable. What a joke. You’re arrogant and self righteous for no reason.

On to many of the protagonist. There are only two laws, per Jesus, Love God and love your neighbor nothing else matters (Luke 10:27)!!! You may not agree with others but being contentious gains you nothing.

James

August 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Faith comes from hearing and hearing from THE WORD OF GOD.