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Monday, July 4, 2011

Final Stats for Season 39


STATS: Season 39
(Excludes two episodes unaired due to pre-emption)
W-L Record
390-732
(.348)
Total Winnings
$12,694,807
(Avg. $67,887/day)
Double Showcase Winners
10
Double Overbids
11
Perfect Shows
0
Winless Shows
15
First Four Leftovers
102
Perfect Bids
36
Spin-Offs
44
Bonus Spins
104
Bonus Spin Payoffs
$10,000
10
$25,000
6
Most Won
Contestant
$101,244
(Judy, 24 Dec)
Total
$141,975
(24 Dec)
Least Won
Contestant
$457
(James, 6 Oct late)
Total
$7,311
(10 Nov)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abrealez
120
Lanisha Cole
44
Tiffany Coyne #
5
Amber Lancaster
80
Gwendolyn Osbourne
97
Rachel Reynolds
177

Left the show during Season 39.
# On loan from Let's Make a Deal.

STATS: Season 38 by Comparison
(Parentheses denote change in Season 39)
W-L Record
415-725
(.364; ▼.016)
Total Winnings
$11,965,651 (▲$729,156)
(Avg. $62,977/day; ▲$5,110)
Double Showcase Winners
3 (▲7)
Double Overbids
12 (▼1)
Perfect Shows
1 (▼1)
Winless Shows
14 (▲1)
Perfect Bids
28 (▲8)
Spin-Offs
42 (▲2)
Bonus Spins
85 (▲19)
Bonus Spin Payoffs
$10,000
12 (▼2)
$25,000
4 (▲2)
Most Won
Contestant
$87,259 (▲$13,985)
(Brandi, 11 Nov 2009)
Total
$121,484 (▲$20,491)
(25 Nov 2009)
Least Won
Contestant
$408 (▲$49)
(Jason, 19 Nov 2009)
Total
$8,539 (▼$1,228)
(24 May 2010)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abrealez
118 (▲2)
Lanisha Cole
127 (▼83)
Amber Lancaster
77 (▲1)
Gwendolyn Osbourne
86 (▲9)
Rachel Reynolds
165 (▲10)



PRICING GAMES
Game
Plays
Win
Loss
Any Number
.517
29
15
14
Balance Game
.571
14
8
6
Bonkers!
.294
17
5
12
Bonus Game
.500
10
5
5
Bullseye
.727
11
8
3
Card Game
.333
6
2
4
Check-Out
.636
11
7
4
Cliff Hangers [1]
.542
24
13
11
Clock Game
.455
11
5
6
Coming or Going
.455
22
10
12
Cover Up
.276
29
8
21
Danger Price
.154
13
2
11
Dice Game
.333
15
5
10
Double Prices
.419
31
13
18
Eazy Az 1-2-3
.400
15
6
9
Five Price Tags
.222
9
2
7
Flip Flop
.233
30
7
23
Freeze Frame
.100
30
3
27
Gas Money
.077
13
1
12
Golden Road
.000
4
0
4
Grand Game
.111
18
2
16
Grocery Game
.308
13
4
9
½ Off
.235
17
4
13
Hi-Lo
.385
13
5
8
Hole in One (or Two)
.667
6
4
2
It's In the Bag
.000
19
0
19
Let 'em Roll
.286
14
4
10
Line em Up
.444
9
4
5
Lucky $even
.200
35
7
28
Magic #
.200
5
1
4
Make Your Move
.300
10
3
7
Master Key
.571
7
4
3
Money Game
.375
32
12
20
More or Less
.091
11
1
10
Most Expen$ive
.417
36
15
21
Now....or Then
.692
13
9
4
One Away
.273
11
3
8
1 Right Price
.345
29
10
19
One Wrong Price
.433
30
13
17
Pass the Buck
.083
12
1
11
Pathfinder
.091
11
1
10
Pay the Rent [2]
.000
12
0
12
Pick-a-Number
.292
24
7
17
Pick-a-Pair
.714
14
10
4
Plinko
.423
26
11
15
Pocket ¢hange
.333
12
4
8
Punch-a-Bunch
.050
20
1
19
Push Over
.294
34
10
24
Race Game [3,4]
.500
10
5
5
Range Game
.444
27
12
15
Rat Race
.400
15
6
9
Safe Crackers
.500
8
4
4
Secret "X"
.538
13
7
6
Shell Game
.800
5
4
1
Shopping Spree
.667
9
6
3
Side by Side
.600
20
12
8
Spelling Bee
.200
5
1
4
Squeeze Play
.417
36
15
21
Stack the Deck
.182
11
2
9
Step Up [5]
.200
5
1
4
Swap Meet
.375
8
3
5
Switch?
.583
36
21
15
Switcheroo
.000
7
0
7
Take Two
.571
7
4
3
Temptation
.000
7
0
7
10 Chances
.143
7
1
6
That's Too Much!
.147
34
5
29
3 Strikes
.750
4
3
1
Triple Play
.000
3
0
3
2 for the Price of 1
.375
8
3
5
TOTALS
1122
390
732

[1] Technical win awarded 29 September 2010 due to host error.
[2] Contestant had proper GP arrangement on 11 November 2010, but bailed out.
[3] Technical win awarded 9 March 2011 due to prop malfunction.
[4] Technical win awarded 1 June 2011 due to production error.
[5] Technical win awarded 14 December 2010 due to incorrect prize in game.


STATS: Pricing Games
Most Common Game
Most Expen$ive (36)
Squeeze Play (36)
Switch? (36)
Least Common Game
Triple Play (3)
Most Wins
Switch? (21)
Fewest Wins
(nonzero)
Gas Money (1)
Magic # (1)
More or Less (1)
Pass the Buck (1)
Pathfinder (1)
Punch-a-Bunch (1)
Spelling Bee (1)
Step Up (1)
10 Chances (1)
Most Losses
That's Too Much! (29)
Fewest Losses
Shell Game (1)
3 Strikes (1)
Best Win Percentage
3 Strikes
(3-1; .750)
Worst Win Percentage
(Won at least once)
Punch-a-Bunch
(1-19; .050)
Lossless Games
No games with zero losses in Season 39.
Winless Games
Golden Road (4 tries)
It's In the Bag (19 tries)
Pay the Rent (12 tries)
Switcheroo (7 tries)
Temptation (7 tries)
Triple Play (3 tries)
New Games
Pay the Rent (19 Sep)
Retired Games
No games were retired in Season 39.
Games on Hiatus
Check Game
Credit Card

Analysis:
As far as statistics are concerned, Season 39 will go down in the annals as the Year of the Double Showcase Win.  A staggering total of ten DSWs eclipses the previous high-water mark of eight (established in Season 34), and has helped the show more than make up the difference in amount won as opposed to games won.

Make no mistake; this was a terrible year for Pricing Game wins.  We have six games that were never won to begin with, and even though that list includes the usual suspects (Golden Road and Temptation), we saw a new game debut this season, get a reasonable amount of playings, and yet still come up empty in terms of wins on account of the sheer difficulty of the game itself.  Granted, you don't want to just give a hundred grand away, you want to have the players earn it, but the producers certainly did themselves no favors by frequently setting up Pay the Rent to be even more downright evil than it honestly needed to be.  It's as if you're playing your favorite shooter on the "Insane" difficulty setting, and then someone randomly waves their hands in front of your face while you're trying to play.  For this reason I'm instituting a new fudge rule for Season 40:  Starting next season, I will consider Pay the Rent won if the contestant manages to walk away from the game at the $10,000 level.  (A bailout at a lower level still counts as a loss, as of course will taking that final chance and losing on the $100K level.)  This of course assumes there are no gameplay changes to it during the off-season, or if the game isn't simply retired... which I would hate to see, as it's a nuclear option for a game that honestly isn't that much more unfair than Golden Road or It's In the Bag (and let's face it, those games aren't going anywhere).  I do agree with it being played somewhat more often than the other games in what is now the Big Four, however, since it helps entrench this game and its somewhat non-intuitive gameplay in viewers' minds.

That's Too Much! often gets ripped to shreds by the fandom whenever it rears its ugly head -- and make no mistake, it deserves it most of the time.  However, its reputation as Price's most unfair car game isn't entirely fair.  Granted that it's had the most losses of any Pricing Game this season, but its five wins puts it comfortably ahead of the win-percentage curve; games such as Freeze Frame and Pathfinder have worse win percentages this year, and the bottom of the barrel belongs to Punch-a-Bunch (a dismal .050, which makes Mario Mendoza, he for whom the infamous "line" is named in baseball jargon, look like Ty Cobb).  Suddenly, That's Too Much! doesn't look quite so bad... not that this is gonna win it back many fans, of course, but it's worth noting.

I found it interesting that we had precisely the same number of Bonus Spin payoffs in Season 39 that we had in 38, just distributed differently.  Season 38 featured two more $10,000 winners, but also two fewer $25,000 winners.  Synchronicity.

As a sign of the times, we had no games this season with a perfect record for the second straight year.  Also for the second straight year, there are eight games with an 0-fer in the W column, though to be fair one of those games last year was the debuting Rat Race, which was played only the one time in Season 38.  Oddly enough, 3 Strikes went from being an 0-fer in Season 38 to being Season 39's win-percentage champion (.750)!  And this from a game that traditionally is won only on rare occasions even relative to its own scarcity.

So, there you have it.  Season 39 saw a lot of frustration and agony, but there were also some hopeful signs in other areas.  It does say something that Price managed to set both a new single-season winnings record and a new five-season low (at least) for a Pricing Game W-L record.  It's impossible to say which way Season 40 will unfold seeing as it'll be the better part of three months before we see the season premiere on our screens, but if it continues to develop the way things have been... all I can say is, strap in for a bumpy ride.

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