March 01, 2007 06:05 PM by Joe Reality
The scores are in and the A+ quiz show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th
GRADER? leads the class and Thursday nights with four original one-hour
episodes scheduled to air Thursdays, March 29, April 5, April 12 and
April 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), in addition to the previously announced
time period airings on Thursdays, March 15 and 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Episodes also will air after AMERICAN IDOL tonight and Thursday, March
8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
The ratings report card for the series premiere of ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? broke records as FOX’s highest-rated series premiere in 13 years and the highest-rated series premiere on any network in more than five years among Adults 18-49 (11.2/26), and in eight years among Total Viewers (26.6 Mil.). The series debut also made the honor roll by retaining the largest audience ever out of an AMERICAN IDOL lead-in among Adults 18-49 (93%) and in Total Viewers (88%). The series moved to the head of the class, besting AMERICAN IDOL among Teens (8.7/28 vs. 8.3/26) and among Male Viewers 12-34 (7.7/24 vs. 7.0/23). Night two of ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? continued the impressive performance, retaining 83% among Adults 18-49 and 79% in Total Viewers from its AMERICAN IDOL lead-in.
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, is an atypical game show measuring adults’ lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they’ve forgotten since grammar school. Grownup contestants find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they’ve already been taught, ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. However, the players are not alone and there is a way for contestants to “cheat” in this classroom. The adults have the opportunity to get some help – in the form of elementary advice from real grade-schoolers who have hit the books.
Mark Burnett Productions produces ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? in association with Zoo Productions. Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick and John Stevens serve as executive producers.