Among ABC’s renewals of The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos, the network has also decided to give Child Support another shot in primetime. Hosted by Fred Savage, the show had adult contestants answer general knowledge questions for a chance to win up to $200,000. If they answer incorrectly at any point during the game, the contestants’ only saving grace of staying in the game is by relying on a panel of kids – moderated by producer Ricky Gervais – correctly answering the same questions.
In its first season, the show debuted on January 5 with 4.4 million viewers (0.93 A18-49 rating) and averaged 3.74 million viewers (0.73 A18-49 rating) for the rest of the season. Much like its ratings, the rookie game show was average at best. The best parts of Child Support is undoubtedly watching how Gervais humorous (and patiently) react to the kids’ responses and observing how the kids answer certain questions, especially some of the tougher ones for their age. Nevertheless, despite my prediction of its “one-and-done” downfall, Child Support will return to ABC. Hopefully, the show will receive a better time slot than airing on Friday nights. Head to ABC.com to check out all six episodes from season one.