Monday, May 20, 2024

Alec Baldwin’s “Match Game” Canceled by ABC Even Though the Ratings Were Fine


ABC has canceled all of its Sunday night game shows including “The Match Game.”

“The Match Game” was hosted by Alec Baldwin, who’s of course under scrutiny right now because of the “Rust” shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. If the network had wanted to continue with “The Match Game,” they’d have to have gotten a new host.

The network canceled four other game shows including “Card Sharks” and “Celebrity Dating Game,” excruciatingly hosted by Michael Bolton and Zoe Deschanel.

The irony of “Match Game” is that when it was last seen in the summer of 2020 it pulled roughly the same numbers as ABC’s Wednesday night comedy line up, around 3.3 million. But the network is obviously off loading Baldwin, and tossing out the whole line up at the same time.

What will play on ABCs on Sunday night? Good question.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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