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'Super Millionaire' gives ABC a leg up in the ratings

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MUMBAI: Star Plus may have decided not to restart the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati but recent ratings show that in the US viewers are still hooked onto this kind of game show format.

ABC aired the debut episode of its new show Super Millionaire with a prize money of $10 million on 22 February. The show averaged 17.5 million viewers and thus became that night?s most-watched programme. Reports indicate that the show held its own against HBO's highly touted Sex And The City finale. It managed a 5.7 average among adults 18-49.

As reported earlier by Indiantelevision.com the format is the same as Millionaire, which used to air on ABC till 2002. Ten finalists compete against each other in the fastest finger round to answer one question. The winner then attempts to navigate 15 multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty on a broad range of topics.

An AP report adds that for the week 16-22 February Super Millionaire finished No. 14 in the standings out of 133 prime-time shows. CBS' acclaimed crime drama CSI topped the charts with 30.8 million viewers tuning in. In India the show airs on AXN. Fox's music based reality show American Idol was placed second with 25.1 million viewers. An episode of NBC's Friends got 24.2 million viewers to give the GE owned broadcaster the third spot.

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