Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy not returning to CBC fall lineup

The pubcaster no longer needs the pricey licensed U.S. game shows to drive audiences to its primetime Canadian programming, says CBC's Christine Wilson.

Answer: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!

Question: What are two game shows that will not be returning to CBC’s fall lineup?

A spokesperson from CBC confirmed to Playback Tuesday morning that the popular U.S. game shows will not return to CBC’s primetime schedule.

CBC’s director of content planning Christine Wilson told the Toronto Star that “the licence fees on those programs were…relatively expensive.”

“When we purchased Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, it was specifically so that we would have a time every night when we would have 1 million viewers tune in,” Wilson added.

The shows began airing on CBC in 2008, with Jeopardy! consistently airing at 7:30 p.m., something Wilson said boosted the network’s 8 p.m. audience.

She added that with several shows that now bring big numbers to the network, such as Dragon’s Den and Arctic Air, that booster isn’t needed to drive audiences.

“Canadian shows can drive audiences to Canadian shows. It’s great news,” she told the Star.