These are the UK’s favourite game shows and the results might just surprise you

These are the UK’s favourite game shows, does your favourite make the list? 

  • Countdown is the most popular UK game show with 996,000 annual searches 
  • The Chase comes in second place, with 840,000 searches per year 

The UK’s most popular game show gets almost one million searches each year, new research has revealed.  

The study, commissioned by gaming experts Mahjong Challenge analysed the average number of yearly Google searches for more than 60 game shows on UK TV to reveal the top 10. 

The most popular UK game show is ‘Countdown’ with more than 996,000 annual searches. The words and numbers quiz challenge was the first program to be aired on Channel Four back in 1982, and 40 years later holds the top spot in UK Google searches. 

ITV’s ‘The Chase’, presented by Bradley Walsh, is the second most popular game show with 840,000 searches per year – twice the average of the top ten game shows. The show sees contestants battle against a professional quizzer in an effort to win a cash prize, with individuals walking away with as much as £75,000! 

‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ takes third place with 456,000 annual searches. The show, originally hosted by Chris Tarrant and later by Jeremy Clarkson, first aired in the UK in 1998 but has since aired in more than 120 countries in more than 80 languages, making it one of the most successful game shows on TV. As such, it is not surprising to see it in the top 10 most searched for UK game shows. 

With 360,000 searches per year, ‘Catchphrase’ sits in the fourth position. The show first aired in 1986 and is currently presented by Steven Mulhern. Contestants try to guess the correct catchphrase with the help of a photo or animation. 

The fifth most popular UK game show is ITV’s quiz program ‘Tenable’ hosted by Warwick Davis, where contestants try to find the top ten answers in a given category. Next is BBC’s ‘Mastermind’, which sees players answer challenging questions to collect the most points. In seventh place is ‘Blankety Blank’, a comedy game show where contestants try to match the answers of a celebrity panel guessing the missing word in a statement. All three game shows have more than 300,000 searches per year. 

Rank UK Game Show Monthly Search Volume Yearly Search Volume 
Countdown 83,000 996,000 
The Chase 70,000 840,000 
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 38,000 456,000 
Catchphrase 30,000 360,000 
Tenable 28,000 336,000 
Mastermind 26,000 312,000 
Blankety Blank 25,000 300,000 
Tipping Point 22,000 264,000 
Crystal Maze 21,000 252,000 
10 Question of Sport 21,000 252,000 

A spokesperson for Mahjong Challenge commented on the study: 

“Game shows have been a staple in many homes across the UK since the 1950s and some of the most successful game shows on TV originated here in Britain. It will be interesting to see how the popularity changes over the coming years though, since 75% of Countdown viewers are in the 55 plus age range, whereas The Chase has a wider target audience. 

“Game shows face more competition than ever before to capture the attention of younger audiences, since they are used to having access to endless entertainment at the touch of a button through services such as Netflix and Prime Video.” 

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*Article provided by https://mahjong-challenge.com/

Please see the full list of 60+ UK Game Shows and their Google search data: 

Rank UK Game Show Monthly Search Volume Yearly Search Volume 
Countdown 83,000 996,000 
The Chase 70,000 840,000 
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 38,000 456,000 
Catchphrase 30,000 360,000 
Tenable 28,000 336,000 
Mastermind 26,000 312,000 
Blankety Blank 25,000 300,000 
Tipping Point 22,000 264,000 
The Crystal Maze 21,000 252,000 
10 Question of Sport 21,000 252,000 
11 8 Out of 10 Cats 19,000 228,000 
12 Family Fortunes 17,000 204,000 
13 The Cube 16,000 192,000 
14 Hole in The Wall 15,000 180,000 
15 The Hit List 15,000 180,000 
16 Come Dine With Me 15,000 180,000 
17 Wheel of Fortune 15,000 180,000 
18 University Challenge 13,000 156,000 
19 Deal or No Deal 13,000 156,000 
20 Eggheads 12,000 144,000 
21 The Weakest Link 6,500 78,000 
22 Total Wipeout 6,400 76,800 
23 Gladiators 5,600 67,200 
24 In For a Penny 4,900 58,800 
25 Challenge Anneka 4,000 48,000 
26 Raven 2,500 30,000 
27 Pop Idol 2,200 26,400 
28 Catchpoint 2,200 26,400 
29 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old 1,800 21,600 
30 The Adventure Game 1,700 20,400 
31 Knightmare 1,300 15,600 
32 Big Fat Quiz of the Year 1,300 15,600 
33 The Generation Game 1,300 15,600 
34 Bullseye 1,300 15,600 
35 Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance 1,200 14,400 
36 Lingo 900 10,800 
37 The Krypton Factor 800 9,600 
38 The Wheel 800 9,600 
39 The Wall 800 9,600 
40 Banzai 700 8,400 
41 Qi 600 7,200 
42 Fun House 600 7,200 
43 Pointless 600 7,200 
44 Jungle Run 500 6,000 
45 Finders Keepers 500 6,000 
46 The Price is Right 400 4,800 
47 Blockbusters 350 4,200 
48 Lightning 300 3,600 
49 Wanted 250 3,000 
50 Mr and Mrs 250 3,000 
51 Taskmaster 200 2,400 
52 Golden Balls 200 2,400 
53 Interceptor 200 2,400 
54 Impossible 100 1,200 
55 Supermarket Sweep 100 1,200 
56 Fifteen to One 90 1,080 
57 Treasure Hunt 60 720 
58 Have I Got News For You 10 120 
59 The People Verses 10 120 
60 Going for Gold 10 120 
61 Sales of The Century 10 120 

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