Talk:American game show winnings records

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Sandra Diaz-Twaine[edit]

Sandra Diaz-Twaine's 2 million dollar win on Survivor does not count. While Survivor airs in the United States, It is not filmed in America. An American game show is defined as a game show that is both filmed and shown in the United States. Therfore, No Survivor contestant qualifies an an American game show contestant. —Preceding Wikipedia:Signatures comment added by Special:Contributions/Notundercovercop327 (talk) 23:39, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Survivor is an American television series, airing first-run episodes on an American television network and produced by the American company Mark Burnett Productions, Inc.[1] [2].Sottolacqua (talk) 01:16, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Just because Survivor is recorded in a different part of the world, does not mean that it is not an American game show. The production company is American. WikiLubber (talk) 21:12, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

I came here to point out that Survivor contestants are not counted but should. Plus, Rupert (the pirate) I think also won over 1.1 mil. Nergaal (talk) 03:09, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Survivor is not a game show, it is a reality competition. If Sruvivor is a game show, then so is the World Series of Poker and we must include all of the top money winners in that event. --173.54.203.93 (talk) 05:54, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

If Sandra from Survivor is included in this listing, is there any reason why Erin Brodie ($2M from For Love or Money) is listed beside. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.102.52.218 (talk) 01:24, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

The Big Spin $15m win[edit]

Should this be included or excluded? --ÆAUSSIEevilÆ 03:01, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Only those shown on national game shows count. 208.120.60.120 (talk) 21:13, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

If Sandra Diaz-Twine is counted, then why is not Melanie Amaro?[edit]

The X Factor carried a $5,000,000 cash prize for winning an elimination contest similar in elimination structure to the show Diaz-Twine won. So, if Diaz-Twine counts, then why is Amaro not considered the leader on this chart? J. Myrle Fuller (talk) 00:50, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

The X Factor is not a game show. There are no games involved, unlike Survivor. WikiLubber (talk) 00:55, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Fashion Star[edit]

Fashion Star carries a $6 million prize for winning. The season finale, however, is tonight. I'm thinking this is not a game show. Does this count? I'm just curious. --WM-86 11:35, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Adam Rose[edit]

I noticed that by Adam Rose's name there is a citation needed message. What exactly is this asking for?Bentvfan54321 (talk) 14:59, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Ken Jennings on The Howard Stern Show[edit]

Ken was a guest on the Howard Stern Show this year. A long running segment on the show is "Win Fred's Money" in which guest compete against Fred Norris. Ken won $5000 on that show which is televised on Howard Stern On Demand. Should we add $5000 to his winnings total?--96.49.243.17 (talk) 11:40, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

If the show is televised nationally, I see no reason why the $5,000 he won wouldn't count, as long as a reliable source is provided. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 00:13, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Possible changes?[edit]

While Survivor and The Amazing Race are (in my opinion) much closer to game shows than Idol or The X Factor, they're still technically reality competitions. Since there is (or was) so much discussion over whether or not these contestants should be included, I propose either removing all the Survivor or Amazing Race contestants from the list completely, or creating a separate article similar to this one for reality show winnings records. I was also checking archives for this talk page and saw that some editors believed that ALL winnings should count, even if they go to charity (which would mean adding $150,000 to Ken Jennings' total, $100,000 to Brad Rutter's, and changing John Carpenter's to $1,250,000, which would be enough to put him on the chart). I agree with that, because it doesn't matter who gets the money, or what the contestant does with it, he still went on the show and won that money, so it shouldn't change the winnings total. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 13:15, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

As it's been over a MONTH and I haven't gotten a single reply, I'll go ahead and boldly change the totals of the respective players (I'll leave the Survivor contestants on the list for now). If anyone disagrees with this change, please let me know. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 16:58, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Andrew Kravis on "The Million Second Quiz"[edit]

Should Andrew Kravis, who won $2.6 million U.S. on the Million Second Quiz be included in the list of all-time American game show winners? WadeSimMiser (talk) 23:58, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Erin Brodie on "For Love or For Money"[edit]

Erin Brodie won $1 million at her first time in the competition and again another $1 million. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.50.184.98 (talk) 17:53, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

This is something that has been pointed out before. There is a difference between typical game shows like Jeopardy! and Millionaire, and reality competitions like Survivor. I think that creating an article for winnings records on these shows would settle this dispute, so I'm open to suggestions and thoughts from others. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 18:40, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
As it has been two months since this discussion began and nobody has replied, I'll go ahead and remove them from the list in a week, unless someone raises a concern before then. I will also note that there were no Survivor contestants on the list until Diaz-Twine's second $1,000,000 win, meaning the article did not include these contestants originally (many would have appeared on the list before it was shortened to the top ten). --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 01:54, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
As it has been eleven months since I first mentioned this and I have not gotten a single reply, I will remove Diaz-Twine and Mariano from the list, and add back Carpenter and Rose (with citations) back into the list. Again, if anyone disagrees, please do not hesitate to let me know. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 19:18, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
You are right. I am the one who created this page and did not do so for reality shows to be included. These are GAME SHOWS. --ChrisP2K5 (talk) 17:15, 13 May 2014 (UTC)