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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Final Stats: Season 40



Week 40-40
(3 episodes)
W-L Record
8-10 (.444)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$232,425
Average Winnings/Day
$77,475
Double Showcase Winners
0
Double Overbids
0
Perfect Shows
0
Winless Shows
0
First Four Leftovers
1
Perfect Bids
0
Spin-Offs
1
Bonus Spins
1
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
Most Won (Contestant)
$59,083
(Jonas, 4 Jul)
Least Won (Contestant)
$630
(Christopher, 19 Jun)
Most Won (Total)
$97,037
(4 Jul)
Least Won (Total)
$48,890
(19 Jun)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
2
Amber Lancaster
3
Gwendolyn Osbourne
0
Rachel Reynolds
3

Season 40 FINAL STATISTICS
W-L Record
451-683 (.398; ▲.001)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$12,651,346
Average Winnings/Day
$66,938 (▲$110)
Double Showcase Winners
4
Double Overbids
9
Perfect Shows
1
Winless Shows
8
First Four Leftovers
99
Perfect Bids
39
Spin-Offs
50
Bonus Spins
79
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
6
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
5
Most Won (Contestant)
$104,346
(Stephanie, 6 Jan)
Least Won (Contestant)
$500 (4-way tie)
(Debra, 6 Dec; Ian, 10 Jan; Danielle, 20 Feb; Keith, 2 Mar)
Most Won (Total)
$172,355
(4 Jun)
Least Won (Total)
$13,474
(1 Jun)
Most Won (Week)
$475,969
(Week 40-38)
Least Won (Week)
$232,425
(Week 40-40)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
141
Amber Lancaster
129
Gwendolyn Osbourne
107
Rachel Reynolds
165


Season 39 Comparison*
(Parentheses denote change in Season 40)
W-L Record
390-732 (.348; ▲.050)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$12,694,807 (▼$43,461)
Average Winnings/Day
$67,887 (▼$949)
Double Showcase Winners
10 (▼6)
Double Overbids
11 (▼2)
Perfect Shows
0 (▲1)
Winless Shows
15 (▼7)
First Four Leftovers
102 (▼3)
Perfect Bids
36 (▲3)
Spin-Offs
44 (▲6)
Bonus Spins
104 (▼25)
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
10 (▼4)
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
6 (▼1)
Most Won (Contestant)
$101,244 (▲$3,102)
(Judy, 24 Dec 2010)
Least Won (Contestant)
$457 (▲$43)
(James, 6 Oct late)
Most Won (Total)
$141,975 (▲$30,380)
(24 Dec 2010)
Least Won (Total)
$7,311 (▲$6,163)
(10 Nov 2010)
Most Won (Week)
STAT NOT KEPT
Least Won (Week)
STAT NOT KEPT
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
120 (▲21)
Lanisha Cole [1]
44
Tiffany Coyne [2]
5
Amber Lancaster
80 (▲49)
Gwendolyn Osbourne
97 (▲10)
Rachel Reynolds
177 (▼12)

* - Discounting two make-good airings and a summertime special.
[1] Left the show during Season 39.
[2] On loan from Let's Make a Deal.

Pricing Games
Played
Won
Lost
Any Number
.231
26
6
20
Balance Game
.500
16
8
8
Bargain Game
.500
6
3
3
Bonkers!
.353
17
6
11
Bonus Game
.615
13
8
5
Bullseye
.875
8
7
1
Card Game
.667
3
2
1
Check-Out
.615
13
8
5
Cliff Hangers
.778
18
14
4
Clock Game
.455
11
5
6
Coming or Going
.591
22
13
9
Cover Up
.103
29
3
26
Danger Price
.267
15
4
11
Dice Game
.214
14
3
11
Double Cross
.000
1
0
1
Double Prices
.481
27
13
14
Eazy Az 1-2-3
.429
14
6
8
Five Price Tags
.500
10
5
5
Flip Flop
.559
34
19
15
Freeze Frame
.500
24
12
12
Gas Money
.176
17
3
14
Golden Road
.000
2
0
2
Grand Game
.368
19
7
12
Grocery Game
.417
12
5
7
½ Off
.294
17
5
12
Hi-Lo
.385
13
5
8
Hole in One (or Two)
.714
7
5
2
It's In the Bag
.063
16
1
15
Let 'em Roll
.286
14
4
10
Line em Up
.455
11
5
6
Lucky $even
.258
31
8
23
Magic #
.333
6
2
4
Make Your Move
.462
13
6
7
Master Key
.200
5
1
4
Money Game
.259
27
7
20
More or Less
.091
11
1
10
Most Expen$ive
.412
34
14
20
Now....or Then
.692
13
9
4
One Away
.125
16
2
14
1 Right Price
.483
29
14
15
One Wrong Price
.387
31
12
19
Pass the Buck
.333
12
4
8
Pathfinder [1]
.308
13
4
9
Pay the Rent [2]
.444
9
4
5
Pick-a-Number
.316
19
6
13
Pick-a-Pair
.933
15
14
1
Plinko [3, 4]
.500
30
15
15
Pocket ¢hange
.500
12
6
6
Punch-a-Bunch [5]
.000
19
0
19
Push Over
.516
31
16
15
Race Game
.438
16
7
9
Range Game
.433
30
13
17
Rat Race
.417
12
5
7
Safe Crackers
.300
10
3
7
Secret "X"
.692
13
9
4
Shell Game
.750
4
3
1
Shopping Spree
.462
13
6
7
Side by Side
.682
22
15
7
Spelling Bee
.500
6
3
3
Squeeze Play
.382
34
13
21
Stack the Deck
.077
13
1
12
Step Up
.200
5
1
4
Swap Meet
.091
11
1
10
Switch?
.583
36
21
15
Switcheroo
.300
10
3
7
Take Two
.375
8
3
5
Temptation
.100
10
1
9
10 Chances
.667
6
4
2
That's Too Much!
.176
34
6
28
3 Strikes
.000
4
0
4
Triple Play
.000
3
0
3
2 for the Price of 1
.333
9
3
6
TOTALS
1134
451
683

[1] Technical win awarded 6 February 2012 due to inaccurate information being used to determine the car's price.
[2] Pay the Rent is considered "won" if the contestant bails out at the $10,000 level.
[3] Plinko is considered "won" if at least one chip lands in the $10,000 slot.
[4] Plinko was played on every episode the week of 9-13 April.
[5] Punch-a-Bunch is considered "won" if the player finds the $25,000 slip OR one of the two $10,000 slips on the board.


Pricing Game Stats
Most Common Game
Switch?
(36 playings)
Least Common Game
Double Cross
(1 playing)
Most Wins
21
(Switch?)
Fewest Wins
(nonzero)
1
(It's In the Bag, Master Key, More or Less, Stack the Deck, Step Up, Swap Meet, Temptation)
Most Losses
28
(That's Too Much!)
Fewest Losses
1
(Bullseye, Card Game, Double Cross, Pick-a-Pair, Shell Game)
Best Win Percentage
.933
(Pick-a-Pair)
Worst Win Percentage
(won at least once)
.063
(It's In the Bag)
Lossless Games
No games with zero losses in Season 40.
Winless Games
Double Cross (1 try)
Golden Road (2 tries)
Punch-a-Bunch (19 tries)
3 Strikes (4 tries)
Triple Play (3 tries)
New Games
1
(Double Cross) [1]
Retired Games
No games were retired in Season 40.
Games on Hiatus
2
(Check Game, Credit Card)

[1] Bargain Game is a revived Barker's Bargain Bar and thus does not count as a "new" Pricing Game.

Analysis:
If the actual total amount won in Season 40 was less than in Season 39, chalk it up to the absolute glut of Double Showcase Winners we had last year. Obviously, we weren't about to see a repeat performance of that historic showing. In terms of Pricing Games won, we were a lot better off this year, with a whopping 61 more wins than in all of last season -- including the first Perfect Show in over two years. Hey, even Temptation broke its five-year losing streak in Season 40! (Now we just need to see Golden Road won in daytime...) Seven fewer skunkjobs than last year (the fewest, in fact, since the end of the Roger Dobkowitz regime after Season 36) also helped us in this department.

For the second straight season, however, we didn't have a single game go without a loss, although Pick-a-Pair came the closest, lasting all the way until 23 April before finally experiencing a tick in the L column. It still ended up by far and away the winningest game of Season 40, however, with a .933 record. In terms of dedicated car games, the champion is Hole in One (or Two) at .714.

After going winless in Season 39, It's In the Bag got hit up for the full $16,000 on the season premiere... and never again after that, although there was at least one contestant I know of that would've won it all had they not bailed out early.

Season 40 also saw the return of Barker's Bargain Bar to the lineup after a four-year hiatus, albeit under the not-exactly-new name of Bargain Game and with a newer, cheaper (but arguably less badly dated) set. We also saw the premiere of Double Cross, which was the show's first new game since 2006 to not be a dedicated car or cash game -- and the first Pricing Game ever to make full use of touchscreen technology. Change may be slow in coming to the BBS, but it does eventually come.

Although no game retirements were announced, there are persistent rumors that Card Game has been shown the door, as it hasn't been played since February. By the same token, however, Golden Road also hasn't been seen in nearly as long a time, but nobody thinks that game is due for retirement. Card Game is one of the least common games in most seasons anyway, so I wouldn't worry my head about it. (Yet.)

The rest of the stats are pretty self-explanatory. In many respects, Season 40 was a numerical improvement over 39, though 39 was markedly more impressive in certain areas, most notably DSWs. One interesting area in which this season failed to live up to its predacessor, however, was at the Big Wheel -- note that we had significantly fewer Bonus Spins overall, and fewer payoffs thereof, than in Season 39.

So there you have it, then -- Season 40 in a nutshell. Lots of good, some disappointing, but when looked at as a cohesive whole, not even close to the disaster I'm sure many of you thought it was gonna be.

Will we continue the upward trend in Season 41? Tune in this September to find out...

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