I’m just going to quote Iain Weaver verbatim:
The Fifteen-to-One revival of 2014 is happening. It starts on Saturday 5 April at 5.15, with what appears to be an hour-long edition featuring “celebrities”.
Then it pops up on Monday 7 at 4.30, still running for a full hour, I think those are “civilian” episodes.
Other channels are pulling out their big guns: provisional schedules feature new Tipping Point, new Chase, new Pointless, and repeats of The Great British Bake Off.
I expect a reasonable amount of excitement for the first few episodes – very intrigued to see what happens after that. I couldn’t see it doing well when the idea was mooted, I still can’t, especially at 60 minutes in length. And 5:15 feels early for a celeb special of something they hope will breakout, I don’t think Pointless Celebs will have much to worry about.
I predict 900k-1m for the first civvy episode and everyone will get excited and go “ooh it’s a hit!” and it’ll be below 700k by the end of week two. I don’t know how much it needs to be seen as a success, but it’s not like Come Dine On A Trip In A Bed is expensive to make.
Needless to say, it would be quite embarrassing if it turns out Deal Or No Deal is STILL more popular almost ten years on, and with barely 15% of its peak audience.