NBC's 'Million Second Quiz' Play-at-Home App Crashes

Big Social TV Component Stays Down Until Tuesday Morning

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'The Million Second Quiz'
'The Million Second Quiz' Credit: NBC

NBC wanted to show off its social TV prowess last night with the premiere of "The Million Second Quiz," inviting viewers to play along at home and try to become on-screen contestants, but its app crashed shortly after the debut episode concluded Monday night. Digital game play didn't start working again until around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Producers apologized in the show's Twitter feed:

As difficulties continued, host Ryan Seacrest acknowledged the problem:

Viewers took to Twitter to express their frustration.

"Million Second Quiz" brought in 6.5 million viewers in its broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, making it the second-most watched show of the night on broadcast behind CBS' "Under the Dome," according to Nielsen ratings provided by NBC. In the week prior, NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" hit a season high in adults 18-to-49 and was watched by 5.5 million total viewers when it aired from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"The Million Second Quiz" app has been downloaded more than 1 million times, according to NBC.

NBC has placed a big bet on the digital and social media elements of the 24-7 live game show, part of the TV industry's broad effort to encourage live tune-in and interactive engagement. Aside from playing along with the live show, the app allows competitors to continue playing around the clock to qualify to "Line Jump" and become a contestant on the show.

Mr. Seacrest said Monday night that 1 million people had played 12 million "bouts," or rounds, of the game before the first episode began showing on TV.

The app also gives fans backstage access with a live stream of the competition, which takes place in an hourglass-shaped set in New York City.

NBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday morning.

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