Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen’s Game of Games just debuted in its regular time slot on January 2, 2018 and NBC’s apparently so happy with the show’s early ratings that it’s given the series a renewal order for a second season. The January 2nd episode was watched by 9.8 million viewers, according to NBC, with the show’s second episode which aired the following hour increasing the number of viewers to 9.9 million. Those numbers were high enough to earn the series the #1 and #2 spots for the night among audiences 18-49 years old.
NBC says season two of Ellen’s Game of Games will consist of 13 new episodes.
“I’m so excited to get to do another season because I’m not just the producer and host, I’m also a loyal viewer,” said Ellen DeGeneres. “I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don’t wanna say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company.”
“Ellen’s enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious. It’s been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a primetime stage,” stated Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Audiences love spending time with her and we know she’ll continue to raise the bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show continues to grow.”
“Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their fans the way she does,” added Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “With Ellen’s Game of Games she has yet another out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to start shooting our second season.”
The Plot: Multi-award winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.
Every episode features DeGeneres’ one-of-a-kind comedy and irrepressible personality, along with a unique roster of games, such as “Blindfolded Musical Chairs,” “Dizzy Dash” and “Scary Go Round.” The thrill of the pressure cooker situations and the instant wins keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.