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Carrie Grosvenor

Wrapping Up The Million Second Quiz - Should There Be a Second Season?

By September 22, 2013

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The much-anticipated Million Second Quiz has come and gone (and soon we'll start talking about other shows too, I promise!). It was a complete roller coaster ride with technical failures, viewer confusion, and questionable methods of sending people to Winner's Row, but strangely it became must-watch television despite all of its initial flaws.

Even if you didn't watch the live bouts online, it was interesting to watch the show each night to see who would end up on Winner's Row -- would the long-time champs keep their spots, or would some newbie jump in and unseat someone? I can't say that I loved how easy it was to take someone out and get a huge lump sum for winning a single bout in prime time. That part of the game needs work. And we need much clearer rules and more of a focus on the trivia. But still, The Million Second Quiz ended, at least for me, on a high note.

Should it come back for a second season? Maybe, with tweaks. It's a great idea for event programming and if the online component had worked from the beginning I think viewers would have warmed up to the show a little quicker. What I really liked (just as Wayne predicted) was how the endgame played out. A three-bout playoff amongst the folks on Winner's Row was a solid way to cap off a massive trivia effort, and congratulations to Andrew Kravis for taking the title and all of that cash.

One last observation - why oh why did NBC bump up the prize money to $2.6 million? It was such an odd little move to cap off the show.

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September 24, 2013 at 12:13 am
(1) Myke25 says:

I believe they did that as a big F-U to Ken Jennings. ;-) They had guaranteed that the MSQ champion would be the biggest winner in game show history and Andrew came up just short of Ken’s all-time total.

September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am
(2) Wayne says:

When we were given the rules sheets at the show, we were told if the winner did not amass enough in the regular game, plus the $2 million bonus, their total would be augmented to at least $2,522,701. At the time I thought that was about the Millionaire jackpot game they had, but you’re right, it’s all about Ken Jennings because of the advertised “largest prize in game show history”.

I guess they didn’t want to have that ackward amount, so it went to $2.6 million.

Andrew must’ve forgot about that in the excitement of winning because he seemed surprised at the bump up, even though we talked about the prize and why it was that number.

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