Concurrently with the weekday run, from 1975 to 1981, a once-a-week fringe time version, Match Game PM, was also offered in syndication for airing just before prime time hours.
Match Game returned to NBC in 1983 as part of a sixty-minute hybrid series with Hollywood Squares, then saw a daytime run on ABC in 1990 and another for syndication in 1998; each of these series lasted one season.
Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (1962–82) Sojourn Productions, Inc. (1973–81) The Match Game Company (1981–82) Mark Goodson Productions (1983–99) Orion Television (1983–84) The MG Company (1990–91) MG Productions, Inc.
Very few episodes of the 1960s The Match Game survive (see episode status below).
In the early 1970s, CBS vice president Fred Silverman began overhauling the network's programming as part of what has colloquially become known as the rural purge.
It returned to ABC in a weekly prime time edition on June 26, 2016, running as an off-season replacement series.
All of these revivals used the 1970s format as their basis, with varying modifications.
NBC also occasionally used special episodes of the series as a gap-filling program in prime time if one of its movies had an irregular time slot.
Although the series still did well in the ratings (despite the popularity of ABC's horror-themed soap opera Dark Shadows), it was cancelled in 1969 along with other games in a major daytime programming overhaul, being replaced by Letters to Laugh-In which, although a spin-off of the popular prime time series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, ended in just three months, on December 26.
The series was a production of Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions, along with its successor companies, and has been franchised around the world, often under the name Blankety Blanks. Gene Rayburn was host and Johnny Olson served as announcer; for the series premiere, Arlene Francis and Skitch Henderson were the two celebrity panelists.
In 2013, TV Guide ranked the 1973–79 CBS version of Match Game as No. The show was taped in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NBC's largest New York studio, which since 1975 has housed Saturday Night Live, among other shows.
The result was the "all-new, star-studded, big-money" Match Game 73 for CBS, with Rayburn returning as host and Olson returning as announcer.