|Brain Game Season Draws To A Close
Spring Champions Feted at Exploris Banquet
After another school year’s fall and spring semester, WRAL-TV’s popular quiz show Brain Game, has wrapped up a season of competition. The finalists for the spring groupings met at Exploris on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, along with their coaches and the WRAL-TV crew.
Enloe High School won the fall semester championship and Raleigh Charter School took home first place honors for the spring. The winning schools received a computer from IBM, and the individual team members received a Brain Game hat, a monogrammed Brain Game jacket and a certificate of participation.
Brain Game Producer Kevin Shand announced the top 9 teams for the spring semester.
The show’s host and WRAL-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel introduced the spring champions during the evening newscast and then joined the teams for an IMAX film, “Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure,” in Explorisis’ new state-of-the-art theater following a banquet in their honor. Brain Game Producer Kevin Shand also had a hand in the evening’s activities, and a representative from IBM presented the winners’ computer.
Brain Game pulled strong Nielsen ratings during the 2001-2002 school year season. The spring championship garnered a 5.0/14 rating when it aired on Saturday morning, May 25. Brain Game won its time period several times, including a decisive win with a 4.8/12 rating for the spring semifinal on Saturday, March 18, a 4.0 rating/11 share on Saturday March 16 and a 5.9 rating/15 share on Saturday, February 9.
The first semester championship game on Saturday, January 19 pulled a 5.4 rating/13 share. On November 24, 2001, the show did an amazing 6.5 rating/14 share.