Family Feud shatters ratings records

Michelle Clancy | 17-01-2013

Family Feud has passed a Nielsen barrier in the 14th season of its latest iteration by leaping to a record 5.1 household national rating during the first week of January.

In key demos, Feud tied for No 1 with Judge Judy in women 18-49 (2.2) and adults 18-49 (1.9), while tying for No 2 with Wheel of Fortune among women 25-54 (2.6) and adults 25-54 (2.2).

The long-running game show, hosted by popular multi-hyphenate stand-up comedian, actor, author, DJ and successful new talk show host Steve Harvey, returned to original episodes and scored its highest ratings since at least 1991 (as far back as Nielsen systems track). It launched its current syndication run in 1999-2000 and, following Harvey's entrance as host in September 2010, has seen substantial ratings gains in each subsequent season.

Feud premiered in September with a 3.9, its best ratings in two decades. The programme's ratings have soared 39% from the start of the season and 59% over the same week a year ago with upgraded time periods (now airing between 5pm and 8pm in over 70% of the country), placing it among the top first-run shows in national syndication.

Feud has been renewed through to 2015.