Television

ABC counting on 'Millionaire' show to bring back the magic

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2015/12/11/Untitled-1_12.jpg?itok=4-okvu8z

MUMBAI: A struggling ABC is looking to a new format of the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to shore up the ratings and help it compete with the other three US broadcast networks - NBC, CBS and Fox.



The new show Super Millionaire will air in February as a series of five episodes. Regis Philbin returns as the host and Michael Davies will serve as the executive producer. Celador, the UK company which created Who Wants to be a Millionaire, has overseen the development of the new format.



In India the local version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire; Kaun Banega Crorepati changed the face of Indian television in 2000. It catapulted the Murdoch broadcaster Star Plus to the number one slot.



As with the original, ten finalists will 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. The difference is that one can win a maximum of $10 million instead of just $1 million. 10 million is equal to one crore and so it could be the case that ABC is taking a leaf out of Star's book.



Explaining the rationale behind the show ABC Entertainment Television Group chairman Lloyd Braun said, "For months, we have been carefully monitoring the environment to determine if the time is right for a new, totally amped up version of Millionaire broadcast in its original, event-like form. We think this is the time."



"Celador's Millionaire is perhaps the greatest game show format ever devised. In the US, Regis Philbin made this the most successful prime time game show of all time, and now, Meredith Vieira hosts a fantastically successful, five day a week version of the game. With its new lifelines, music, graphics and zeros, Super Millionaire will take the format to a whole new level. We are currently gearing up for the tremendous demand we expect from regular Americans wanting their chance at the $10 million top prize," he added.



A company release adds that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, hosted by Meredith Vieira, currently airs in syndication across the US. A Reuters report adds that in 2000 Millionaire averaged 28 million viewers a show. As was the case with Star Plus the show catapulted ABC from third to a decisive first-place finish in one season. The crucial difference though is that while Star Plus' other shows like Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi helped the broadcaster strengthen its number one slot ABC's shows have not fared well in the ratings.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/23/btvi_0.jpg?itok=acT3ghwD
BTVI and AutoX magazine join hands to launch ‘The AutoX Show’

Business Television India (BTVI), India’s Premier English Business News Channel, has teamed up with AutoX Magazine, India’s fastest growing automotive publication and portal, to launch the ‘The AutoX Show’

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/23/pankaj_0.jpg?itok=akmjLFqk
Guest Column: Content is king, but is distribution still God?

A linear channel goes through multiple layers of distribution intermediaries on ground. 

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/23/btvi.jpg?itok=01lFEmQF
BTVI Money Mantra hits its ground in Mumbai and got a great response

Money Mantra an initiative by Business Television India (BTVI) was welcomed by the audiences.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/23/amit.jpg?itok=Bc-I-Qas
ZEE takes one more giant pioneering step - builds a technology platform to satisfy 5 senses of the viewers to offer immersive customer experience!

Mumbai: ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (“ZEE”), a global media and entertainment powerhouse, has taken a yet another pioneering giant leap by securing a United States (US) Patent on a technology platform developed in the Silicon Valley at its very own - ZEE Media Lab. This unique platform stems...

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/23/BTVI.jpg?itok=ZZwPD5K2
Don't believe in just passive communication: BTVI's Anuj Katiyar

It’s been two years since BTVI has come into the English business news picture. A tough nut to crack, the channel has been at it by first challenging the incumbents and later by revamping itself to suit the new generation of business news viewers.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/22/star.jpg?itok=nH3qWMLI
Star Sports unveils #BattleofSixes campaign for the upcoming PAYTM India- West Indies ODI and T20 series

This festive season is set to take cricket fans by storm as the battle of sixes begins with India taking on West Indies in the PAYTM ODI and T20 series, starting Oct 21st and November 4th, 2018 respectively.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/22/laliga.jpg?itok=x-xZDNBY
LaLiga Football Schools launch in Kerala

LaLiga, Spain’s top football league, recently launched the LaLiga Football Schools in India. It is a comprehensive grassroots football development programme in association with India On Track

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/22/pro.jpg?itok=sugTQBrT
Triple gold medalist and former autralian olympic swimmer, stephanie rice debuts as an expert presenter on vivo pro kabaddi season vi in india

This season Star Sports, the official broadcaster for VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2018 lifts the spirit of the game a notch higher with the announcement of three - time Olympic Gold medallist, Stephanie Rice, as an addition to the illustrious expert panel.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/22/anuj.jpg?itok=-E5WfiLv
IndiaCast rejigs revenue top brass in bid to grow across markets, platforms

In a move aimed at synergizing processes and business opportunities to scale up revenues, IndiaCast, the domestic, international and digital distribution arm of Viacom18 and TV18, today, announced an organizational rejig of its revenue management structure.

Television TV Channels People

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories