"The American Bible Challenge" — A Ratings Success for Cable "The American Bible Challenge" — A Ratings Success for Cable
"The American Bible Challenge" — A Ratings Success for Cable

"The American Bible Challenge" — A Ratings Success for Cable

"The American Bible Challenge" — A Ratings Success for Cable

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

The Bible has always been a popular category on Jeopardy.  Now the Good Book’s quiz show potential is confirmed with a ratings success on the Game Show Network (GSN).

The ratings for the first episode of The American Bible Challenge last Thursday totaled 1.7 million, which is far less than for a program on CBS, NBC, ABC or FOX.   But it’s not bad for cable.  In fact, the show broke GSN’s all-time record and helped the channel attract a total of 2.3 million viewers for the night.
 
According to GSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, Amy Introcaso-Davis, “The best-selling book of all time is now GSN's most viewed program of all time, which proves that consumers are yearning for fun, family-friendly entertainment.”

Standup comedian Jeff Foxworthy is the host of The American Bible Challenge.  He comes from a Methodist background.  For years Foxworthy has been known for his trademark “You might be a redneck if …” jokes.   Then in 2007 he entered the game show arena as host of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on the Fox Network.  It won an average of 12.7 million viewers per episode on its first season.
 
It used to be that old game shows just died.  Now they live on at GSN, which is what happened with Fifth Grader.  Apparently the network saw Foxworthy’s potential as a host and — voila — he is now emceeing The American Bible Challenge.

Unlike many quiz shows, which often feature celebrities playing for charities, ordinary people play for charities on this program.  The top team of the ten-week season wins $100 thousand for a favorite non-profit.

The American Bible Challenge may be seen Thursdays at 8 PM EST on the Game Show Network.

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