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Going back through some old posts, I discovered a question asked by an anonymous reader regarding the original version of American Gladiators. Instead of answering in the comments section of the post, I decided to answer in a new post here:

Q: Anonymous said… Do you know what the ratings were for the original American Gladiator series? Also did it air in prime time or on the weekend?

A: I wish I caught your question earlier… I’m more than happy to answer your question.

American Gladiators ran in syndication from 1989 to 1996 and was distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Television. Since it ran in syndication, time slots varied: the program ran mostly in weekend time slots – some in prime-time (WPWR-TV ran it at 9 p.m. Saturdays in Chicago for a few years, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles ran it on the same day at 10 p.m.); others in late-night (CBS affiliate KMOV in St. Louis ran it at 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays.) In its first few months on the air in New York City, the program ran on WNBC-TV at 2 a.m. Sunday mornings, where it regularly won its time period (in early 1990, the show moved to a better time slot on WNYW-TV.)

The program did decently well in the ratings in its first few years, with national ratings regularly hovering around a 3.0. But as with many programs, they declined as the show aged. The show ended in 1996 after Samuel Goldwyn exited the syndication business and was acquired by MGM subsequently thereafter.

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