EXCLUSIVE: Fox is tripling down on The Floor.

The network has handed the Rob Lowe-hosted game show a second and third season after its first season performed well for the network and was spoofed on Saturday Night Live.

The news comes ahead of Fox’s Upfront, which is being held in New York tomorrow.

The show, which Deadline revealed had landed at Fox last June, premiered on January 2. It ran for ten episodes through to the end of February.

The network said that the premiere episode amassed 4.4M multi-platform viewers after seven days of viewing, per Nielsen data, which is a 73% boost from the 2.5M that tuned in same-day, making it the network’s most-streamed game show ever and the network’s most-watched Tuesday unscripted debut in more than 13 years, since Masterchef premiered in 2010. It continued to perform well over its season.

The Floor is a physical quiz show that sees 81 contestants face off in quiz duels on a giant LED floor divided into a hundred equal squares, each representing its own field of knowledge.

The first challenger, selected at random, must choose one of his or her neighboring opponents to go head-to-head in an epic quiz duel in the opponent’s category. The winner takes over the loser’s square, gaining valuable ground as they expand their territory, while the loser exits the game. The winner must then choose – do they continue on and attempt to secure another square? Or do they let The Floor choose a new challenger? The last contestant standing who gains full control over The Floor takes home a life-changing $250,000 cash prize.

It is produced by John De Mol’s Talpa Studios, Holey Moley producer Eureka Productions and BiggerStage, a production company based in Ireland, where it is filmed.

De Mol, Mark van Achterberg, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Eden Gaha, Wes Dening, Sean O’Riordan and Shane Byrne serve as executive producers. Anthony Carbone serves as showrunner and Rob Lowe is producer.

It is the latest renewal for the network; Hell’s Kitchen is coming back for two more seasons and scripted drama Alert was handed a third season.

Separately, the network has struck a first-look deal with the Parks and Recreation star. Lowe will develop unscripted series to be produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment. 

“Fans loved the first season of The Floor so much that we’ve ordered two more seasons of this breakthrough game show with plans already underway to make our epic battle of the brains even bigger and bolder,” said Michael Thorn, President of the Fox Television Network. “It’s also been a massive win to have a huge star like Rob Lowe as our host, and both our viewers and competitors can’t wait to see him back in action.”

“I couldn’t be happier with The Floor phenomenon and the opportunity to create more unscripted projects with my partners at Fox,” added Lowe.



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