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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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Question: What is the name of the only game show to give away $500,000.00, the largest one-time cash prize in the history of American television? You are correct! Answer: The hottest new TV sensation, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"

"After an avalanche of hype, ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a bona fide prime-time hit."--New York Post

ABC has definitely won the jackpot this time with the most talked-about TVquiz show of the summer, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Regis Philbin. Nielsen ratings reported that 22.1 million viewers tuned into the broadcast, making it the most-watched show of the summer and the highest-rated prime-time series to hit the air in recent memory. Scheduled for a two week run during November 1999 sweeps, there are high expectations that it will be a weekly feature in January 2000. The basis for the show allows ten contestants each night to compete for escalating prizes that could ultimately total one million dollars! Now everyone can capture the excitement and entertainment of this overwhelmingly popular quiz show right in the palms of their hands. With this fun and challenging book readers can test their skill with multiple choice questions valued at different amounts of money--the toughest one is "worth" one million dollars! In addition, everything you ever wanted to know about the show is included, such as: how many people call the phone quiz, how the questions are protected, the truth about the lifelines, and stories about winners, losers, and life on the set. With the shows astounding success people want to know more. So whether you're looking to become the first million dollar winner or just want to find out more about the show that has swept the nation, Millionaire is your winning ticket.

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PICKING THE CONTESTANTS

The process of selecting contestants for the initial thirteen broadcasts began with an ad asking viewers "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and informing them that by calling a 900-number (some states required 800-numbers), answering three questions correctly in the fastest time, and being the top scorers in a playoff game, they could be on their way to New York City. The cost of the call was $1.50, and callers were restricted to two calls from the same phone each day. Revenues from these phone calls were to be used to defer the costs of producing the show.

In Britain this technique had been tremendously successful, but initially here there were substantially fewer calls than expected. "Calling a 900-number can have a real taboo about it," explains Supervising Producer Ann Miller, "and so many people have 900-blocks on their phones to prevent their kids from using it." (Callers now use a free 800-number to qualify.)

Players were asked to answer three general-knowledge questions increasing in difficulty. Each question required players to put four things in the proper order using their telephone keypad. One question, for example, told players to "put the following cities in order from east to west, traveling along Route 66: Albuquerque, Tulsa, Amarillo, Beverly Hills." Players who answered all the questions correctly were ranked on speed of response. About 7 percent of callers answered all three questions correctly. These players were then asked to select one of the available thirteen tape dates for which they wanted to qualify. (If you try calling in, Davies advises that you, "prepare yourself with a pen, paper, and chart for the answers before you make the phone call.")

There was a playoff for each tape date, held among the top scorers from each day who selected the same tape date. The playoff consisted of five questions of increasing difficulty, answered by placing the items in the correct order. Again, players who answered all the questions correctly were ranked based on the speed of their responses.

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