The UK’s top ten favourite game shows ranked – but did your favourite make the cut?


THE UK’s most popular game show has been revealed – but did your favourite come first or make the top 10?

Nowadays there’s a large variety of quiz and game shows for viewers to indulge in – and now the nation’s favourite has been chosen.

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The UK’s favourite game shows have been revealed – but did your favourite make the list?Credit: Rex
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which was originally presented by Chris Tarrant and now Jeremy Clarkson made the list

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which was originally presented by Chris Tarrant and now Jeremy Clarkson made the listCredit: ITV

The study to find the number one game show was carried out by aming experts Mahjong Challenge.

They analysed Google search traffic over an entire year on 60 of the UK’s most noteworthy shows to draw up the top 10.

Bagging the top spot as the country’s most popular game show is Channel 4’s Countdown, amassing nearly 1 million yearly searches.

The show, which is presented by Colin Murray and Rachel Riley, sees contestants race against the clock to show off their smartness when it comes to vowels, consonants and numbers.

It first aired in 1982 and has a number of hosts over the years, from Richard Whiteley, Jeff Stelling to Nick Hewer.

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In second place on the list is ITV’s The Chase, with 840,000 yearly searches.

The quiz show, which is presented by Bradley Walsh achieved twice the average yearly searches when compared to the rest of the programmes on the list.

In third place is Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, attracting 456,000 searches.

The show, which was originally presented by Chris Tarrant until 2014 and is now fronted by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

Stephen Mulhern’s Catchphrase came in fourth place.

“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,” said a spokesperson for the study.

They continued: “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.”

The Top 10 Most Popular UK Game Shows

  1. Countdown
  2. The Chase
  3. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire
  4. Catchphrase
  5. Tenable
  6. Mastermind
  7. Blankety Blank
  8. Tipping Point
  9. Crystal Maze
  10. Question of Sport
Catchphrase which is presented by Stephen Mulhern came in at fourth place

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Catchphrase which is presented by Stephen Mulhern came in at fourth placeCredit: ITV
Rachel Riley co-presents Channel 4's Countdown alongside Colin Murray

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Rachel Riley co-presents Channel 4’s Countdown alongside Colin MurrayCredit: © Channel 4

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