NBC Takes the Money and the Mob


Cable's Game Show Network no longer calls itself that -- just GSN. So maybe it can transfer the name to NBC.

The Peacock, which currently has "Deal or No Deal" on three times a week, has extended the order for the new quiz show "1 vs. 100" following a strong premiere last week. NBC has asked for 10 more episodes, bringing the total to 15.

"'1 vs. 100' grabbed the public's attention when it delivered solid ratings last Friday and staked out its own identity to become a great extension of our game-show franchise," says Craig Plestis, head of alternative programming at NBC. "Our partners at Endemol [which also produces 'Deal or No Deal'] have produced another high-quality series. This was an 'odds-on' easy decision."

Hosted by Bob Saget, "1 vs. 100," as its title implies, pits a single player in a match of trivia wits against a group of 100 others. Solo players win money for every member of the mob they eliminate, but if the "1" gets a question wrong, the mob splits his or her winnings.

The show's premiere logged close to 12.8 million viewers last Friday, along with a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49. Excluding sports, that's the best 18-49 rating on a Friday night, on any network, since January 2005. It also built on its "Deal or No Deal" lead-in by more than a million viewers.

NBC will keep "1 vs. 100" in the 9 p.m. Friday spot this week, following "Deal," then move it to 8 p.m. starting Oct. 27.

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