While we've hashed out the pros and cons of Deal or No Deal's format, both past and present, I think what it comes down to is this: everyone wants to play, but few are actually tuning in to watch. I know I've said this before, but it seems to be the case. The game just lacks a long-term hook to continue to bring in viewers, even though there are hordes of potential contestants just dying to be on the show.
It's a shame really, because Deal had so much promise when it first started out in prime time. Hard to believe that was five years ago.
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