Monday, January 13, 2014

Gold, Treehouses, Sci-Fi, Antiques and even the Olsen Twins Beat 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Reruns of Full House beats Bigfoot Bounty in Nielson's ratings
Here at Bigfoot Lunch Club we look forward to anything bigfoot-related, research, news, thermal underwear and even TV game shows. Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is no exception. Let's check out how America reacted to it first.

The ratings are in for Friday Jan 10th. For some bigfooters it was the night the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty would debut, for most of America the 10pm slot was a time to tune into other offerings. The 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty did not even break the top 100 cable shows for the entire day of Friday the 10th. If you reduce the competition to only prime time shows Bigfoot Bounty ranked #37 at 633,000 total viewers and ranked #35 at 299,000 viewers in the coveted 18-49 yr old  market. SRC:

If you isolate the ratings to the 10/9 central timeslot here are the shows that beat it: Bering Sea Gold (DISC) Modern Family (USA), TreeHouse Masters (APL), Helix (SYFY) TBS Prime Movie (TBSC), American Dad (ADSM) American Pickers, After the first 48 hours (AEN), Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (FOOD) Full House (NAN), Dead Files (TRAV), Tosh.O (CMDY).

Why didn't Bigfoot Bounty fare better? Is it because it was a debut episode? No, Helix was a new series that debuted on SYFY and it broke the top 30 with a viewership of 1.8 million. Is it because there wasn't a good lead-in episode prior to Bigfoot Bounty? Again, no. Spike TV actually did really well during the hour and a half block prior to Bigfoot Bounty. COPS which is what Spike TV airs prior Bigfoot Bounty did make it to the top 100.

Obviously there is still time for the show to gain a following, and there may be some watercooler conversations that will spur some new views next week.

At the end of the day what did we think of the show? Firstly it's a reality game show with a familiar formula; contestants compete in a contrived challenge every episode trying to survive to the season finale, losing contestants are sent home determined by the show judges. There may be some twists thrown in, such as immunity for contestants or voting elimination by other contestants, but primarily we have seen similar formulas in Survivor, Amazing Race and Top Chef.

As a game show, Bigfoot Bounty stays true to the format, the interesting characters on the show could carry it, because Dean Cain won't. We do like the lab and appreciate that the three judges, especially Todd Disotell, seem to be true skeptics. In the end of the day we are looking forward to our 5 favorite contestants on Bigfoot Bounty.

After reading this post, a fan sent us this coincidental photo. Cool dude!

Did you watch the the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty? Let us know what you thought in the comments below. 


  1. I tried to watch it - It was awful. The whole "amazing race" format is just trite and predictable. You may not know the "who", but you can predict what is going to happen. This show isn't about hunting for bigfoot as much as it is about hyping what little *drama* they can squeeze out of the (ahem) "contestants", dramatic crescendoes included.

    It would have been loads better had they just gone to federal property in northern CA, and let them draw out of a hat for a grid-square each and give them a week to do whatever.

    Well, that's probably not do-able from a production standpoint. Whatever. The show, as is, is a stinker. What a waste of production money. I seriously doubt that Lloyd's of London harbors any worries over underwriting this train-wreck.

    Grump Curmudgeon

    1. "It would have been loads better had they just gone to federal property in northern CA, and let them draw out of a hat for a grid-square each and give them a week to do whatever."

      That's a great concept!!

  2. I thought the show wasn't advertised well but, as you say, there is time for it to gain a following. Spike TV is considered a "boys" network kind of like Lifetime is considered female friendly. The concept is a good one IMO. TAR and Survivor have large followings and have been on the air for many years. At any rate, I cannot concieve of anyone in bigfootery NOT watching whether or not they feel animosity towards the certain cast members or the concept. I mean, many of us have interacted with the folks that are on the show!! I know I am all in!! Good
    luck to those that are on I say and get that corn apopping!! BTW, does anyone know if the end will be a live filming? -T

  3. I dug the show. I don't believe in Bigfoot but love the subject. I believe the show will end stronger. Not Walking Dead or Breaking Bad strong but stronger than premier.

  4. Wait until next week. The promo's show that they caught something on tape. Which is more than Finding Bigfoot is capable of doing. Things will get better.

  5. "Bigfoot Bounty" makes Dusk Dynasty look like a Mensa roundtable show. Hope it crashes and burns and stops the trash media culture attention being paid to the field of Bigfootery.

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  7. Not all programs garner a large audience at the premier, and some that end up with high ratings grow over time. There was more "alleged" bigfoot action in a three-minute segment of the $10 M Bounty show than in the whole hour of last Sunday's (1-12-14) airing of "Finding Bigfoot" (Bigfoot of Oz).


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