|Created by||Mark Burnett|
|Presented by||Dennis Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||February 22, 2008– April 11, 2008|
Amne$ia is an American television game show that aired on Fridays at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, after debuting on February 22, 2008 at 9:00 PM ET after 1 vs. 100. Contestants win money by answering questions about their own lives. The program was produced by Mark Burnett, producer of other shows like Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and was hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. Contestants were able to win up to $250,000.
The game is played in five rounds.
You in 60 Seconds: Instead of standard welcome intros, Amnesia begins with a speed round. The contestant has 60 seconds to answer seven questions, winning $1,000 for each correct answer, for a maximum of $7,000. There is no penalty for wrong answers, and the money won in this round is the contestant's to keep.
In the next three rounds the contestant is sent to a soundproof booth and a loved one is asked about various events they have shared with the player. The contestant then returns and is asked questions . Occasionally, in lieu of a question, the contestant must complete a stunt to be credited with a correct answer (such as trying to place the names of five obscure body parts on a dummy within 30 seconds). A frequent stunt is a blindfolded taste test of a familiar family recipe, with three imitation dishes.
- Round 1: $5,000 for each correct answer (3 questions played)
- Round 2: $10,000 for each correct answer (2 questions played)
- Round 3: $20,000 for each correct answer (2 questions played)
Thus, contestants can end round 3 with up to $75,000 in their "memory bank."
Total Amnesia: Risk is introduced in the end game, so the player is given the option to stop or proceed before each question in this round. If they choose to proceed, contestants choose a question by picking one of their supporters, each holding an envelope that contains a question about their relationship. Each question is worth money, as follows:
- Question 1: $25,000
- Question 2: $50,000
- Question 3: $100,000
Note: Contestants do not need to have the full value of a question in their bank in order to attempt it (e.g., a player with $5,000 may still attempt the $100,000 question).
A correct answer to the question adds money to the player's bank, but a wrong answer will subtract that amount. Before each question the player can choose to stop and take the money already won, but if at any time the bank falls to $0, the game is over and the player will go home with whatever they won in You in 60 Seconds.
If the player answers all 10 questions in the main game and all seven questions in the speed round, the player wins a maximum total of $257,000.
U.S. Standard Ratings
The ratings for Amnesia were as followed while competing for another game show My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad.
|#||Air Date||Timeslot||Rating||Share||18-49||Viewers||Weekly Rank|
|1||February 22, 2008||9:00 P.M.||4.6||8||2.4/7||7.44||TBA|
|2||February 29, 2008||8:00 P.M.||3.4||6||1.3/4||5.10||TBA|
|3||March 7, 2008||3.2||6||1.4/5||4.73||75|
|4||March 14, 2008||3.2||6||1.4/5||4.81||76|
|5||March 21, 2008||3.5||7||1.3/5||5.15||64|
|6||March 28, 2008||3.5||7||1.3/5||5.02||69|
|7||April 4, 2008||3.0||6||1.3/4||4.51||73|
|8||April 11, 2008||2.8||5||1.0/4||4.06||79|
- Andreeva, Nelie, , "Two more games in play at NBC from Mark Burnett," reuters.com, January 29, 2008, accessed February 2, 2008