Channel 5’s Eggheads voted UK’s most winnable game, study finds

Jeremy Vine announces Eggheads will move to Channel 5

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They were scored out of 20 on their maximum cash prize, number of team members and opponents, volume of questions or rounds, and the type of skill required to compete. University Challenge scored the lowest, offering no cash prize despite being the most difficult to win – although winning Jeremy Paxman’s show comes with prestige beyond monetary value. Pointless was second on the win-ability chart, followed by The Wall, The Chase, and Rylan Clark-Neal’s Supermarket Sweep.

Alex Fagelson, head of brand at Jackpotjoy, which compiled the report, said: “Game shows are a big part of what makes British TV great, and we’re definitely spoilt for choice with such a wide variety.

“We were surprised to see some of the classic game shows ranked below more recent comebacks like Supermarket Sweep.”

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? landed the number seven spot for win-ability, being beaten narrowly by Family Fortunes.

Taskmaster scored lowest for prize money, with no cash prize available to win.

Jeremy Paxman’s University Challenge scored lowest across the board, with no available cash prize despite having the highest number of questions (3,250) and opponents (27).

New game show Bank Balance, by Gordon Ramsay, debuted on BBC One earlier this year.

Despite being compared to the likes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, the research ranks it in the bottom 10 for win-ability, with the celebrity chef’s new show made more tricky by requiring both physical and mental skill.

Alex Fagelson added: “At Jackpotjoy we enjoy our players’ wins, and that’s why we were interested in researching which of these popular game shows are actually worth winning.”


1. Eggheads

2. Pointless

3. The Wall

4. The Chase

5. Supermarket Sweep

6. Family Fortunes

7. Who Wants to be a Millionaire

8. The Cube

9. The Hit List

10. Catchphrase

11. Tipping Point

12. Lingo

13. The Wheel

14. Total Wipeout

15. The Crystal Maze

16. Come Dine with Me

17. Only Connect

18. Fifteen to One

19. Bank Balance

20. Catchpoint

21. Mr and Mrs

22. Countdown

23. Lightning

24. Mastermind

25. Head Hunters

26. The Price is Right

27. Taskmaster

28. University Challenge

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