In an effort to appeal to a wider audience, the television channel Nickelodeon announced earlier this week that it will be replacing the quiz game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? with a new show called Are You Smarter Than The President?
“We believe that making contestants match or beat the IQ of the Commander in Chief rather than that of the average 11-year-old will make the show more accessible to viewers,” said Nickelodeon spokesperson Nora Lempke. “This decision is based on studies that indicate the more likely a viewer is to be able to answer a question on a televised game show, the more likely they are to continue watching it.”
According to sources, Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than The President? will mostly feature yes-no questions, such as: “Is Puerto Rico part of the US?” “Is Frederick Douglas dead or alive?” and “Is climate change real?”
“I’m excited for the new POTUS-themed game show,” said former game show contestant Robby Jacobson. “When I won Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? back in 2011, I knew I had retained most of what I learned back in grade school. Now, if I win this new upcoming season, I know I’d be just as qualified to be leader of the free world.”
Other television viewers are reportedly less enthusiastic about the new executive-branch version of the show and have voiced their concerns about its ability to survive for more than a few seasons.
“There’s no way that they’re not going to run out of money,” said viewer Alicia Jackson. “The game show is nearly impossible to lose.”
At press time, President Donald Trump was seen changing the station on the TVs in the Oval Office — from Fox News to Nickelodeon.