Death of the quiz show?

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After six years, Peter Berner's ABC quiz show The Einstein Factor is turning off its light bulb.

The humble little Sunday night show in which mild-mannered experts answer questions on all sorts of zany and obscure topics will wind up at the end of the year.

Despite surviving the tough competition from Domestic Blitz, Dancing with the Stars, The Biggest Loser and Sunday Night, it seems it can't survive the onslaught of the global financial crisis and ABC accountants.

Now production expenses will instead be directed to ABC Drama (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

So we'll have to bid goodbye to the Brains Trust, which has brought us such luminaries as Barry Jones, Tim Ferguson, Jennifer Byrne, Michael Veitch, Red Symons, Tony Moclair, Matt Parkinson and scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

That will leave us with just two general-knowledge quiz shows on free-to-air TV when it departs.

One is Hot Seat and the other is Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? And that's assuming both actually make it to the end of the year.

Right now Hot Seat is on fire, running neck and neck with Deal or No Deal. Eddie's show even beat Andrew O'Keefe's last week, but as it included ratings from GO! programs, it's a bit of a furphy. This week OzTAM separates the official numbers making the distinction much clearer. It's very obvious Nine's show is on the rise while Seven's is feeling a little tired after its long reign.

Meanwhile, Rove McManus and the kids are in their third year on TEN and chipping away in its key demographics. Next week it even has the Deputy PM Julia Gillard battling her brains with the kids. Any bet she isn't smarter than a 5th grader?

Junior Einsteins have also been part of the ABC quiz.

But while panel shows are booming, quiz shows seem to be on the wane. There's no more Sale of the Century, Temptation or event The Rich List.

Peter Berner's show finished filming in June. It will have its grand final in November.

Will you miss the show? Share your comments below or let us know why (or why not) in the Einstein Factor forum now!

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Aug 26, 2009
Oh nooooooooo! I love the Einstein Factor but I am guilty of missing episodes and forgetting when it's on.
Aug 26, 2009
I remember growing up with this show, this saddens me that they are axing the show i used to think they I would one day go on the show. But good god if they ever axe spicks and specks...
Aug 26, 2009
I enjoyed the show, but I haven't watched it recently. I loved Temptation and was sad to see it go. The gameshows nowadays that get the ratings are less about the game and more about comedy. 'Talking about your generation' is mildly entertaining, but it seems a bit pointless when the scores dont matter. Spicks and Specks is hilarious, and although the points do matter it often seems like cracking jokes is more important than answering questions. I am a little young for Sale of the Century, but when Temptation was on I would watch it religiously. The excitement of a tight final minute was far more entertaining than any Shaun Micallef one liner. I hope the death of the Einstein Factor isn't the end of serious gameshows.