There is no shortage of classic game shows on television. From Jeopardy to Wheel of Fortune, and The Price Is Right, many of these iconic series seem to get better with age. However, few game shows can currently compete with the surging momentum of Family Feud. In fact, we have just learned that the Steve Harvey-hosted game show series has just achieved a significant ratings milestone as part of its 41-year run.
A recent report confirms that Family Feud has reached record high ratings -- garnering a 7.6 rating for the first week in January. The series has experienced a slow and steady increase in viewership over the course of the last few years, and Family Feud has officially become the first nationally syndicated show to grow its ratings for seven straight years consistently, per Deadline. These numbers have translated into some serious victories for Family Feud recently, as the show's numbers have "surged fivefold" since Harvey took over following the departure of John O'Hurley, and the family competition series has even gone on to beat heavy-hitters like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in first-run syndication.
That is no easy feat when we consider the fact that Family Feud's basic structure and format has remained relatively unchanged since it debuted in 1976. It goes to show that all a series like this really needs to succeed is a novel concept and an endlessly charismatic host.
Much of this success has been rightfully attributed to Family Feud finding the right personality to headline the series. Steve Harvey stepped in as the host of the game show in 2010, and there appears to be at least some correlation between his time as the host of the show and the series' increased success. Harvey has developed a strong reputation for brash, off-the-cuff remarks, as well as a hilariously condescending attitude towards the show's contestants. In many ways, he has become the heart and soul of the series.
Of course, I would be remiss for not pointing out the fact that some of the best Family Feud moments come at the most unexpected times. The misunderstandings between Steve Harvey and his guests often make for some of the most hilarious and instantly viral clips.
As long as Family Feud can continue producing moments like that, we have a feeling that it's going to maintain its ratings dominance. The game show aspect obviously has its appeal, but it's those hilarious and unscripted moments that make the series stand out from the rest of the competition.
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