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Take It All is an American game show hosted by Howie Mandel. It premiered on NBC on December 10, 2012, as part of the 2012–13 television season.[1] In April 2012, NBC placed a seven-episode order for the show under the original title Howie Mandel's White Elephant.[2]

Take It All
NBC Take It All .jpg
Genre Game show
Presented by Howie Mandel
Narrated by Donna Ruko
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Howie Mandel
Mike Marks
Scott St. John
Production company(s) Universal Television
Alevy Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release December 10 (2012-12-10) – December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17)
Related shows Deal or No Deal
America's Got Talent
External links
Official website

On each episode, five contestants participate in a game similar to a white elephant gift exchange, attempting to win or steal more-valuable prizes each round to avoid elimination. The final two contestants participate in a variant on the prisoner's dilemma in which one decision by each of the two finalists determines whether they both go home with prizes, one winner takes everything, or they both go home with nothing.



Main gameEdit

Five unopened boxes, each containing a prize worth between $5,000 and $12,000, are displayed on a video wall. The first contestant chooses a box, whose contents are revealed; however, the price is not stated. Each subsequent contestant may either choose a box or steal the prize from one opponent. When a contestant's prize is stolen, they must immediately either steal from a different opponent or choose one of the remaining boxes. They may not immediately steal back the prize that was taken from them. Once per game, each contestant may secretly choose to block the prize they hold from being stolen by any opponent for the rest of that round.

The round continues until every contestant has a prize. If all contestants after the first choose boxes and/or steal only from one another, the first contestant is given an opportunity to trade prizes with one opponent if they choose; this is treated the same as an attempt to steal. The values of the prizes are then revealed, and the contestant with the least valuable prize is eliminated and forfeits all their winnings.

Two more rounds are played in this manner, with one available box per contestant and increased prize values in each: $15,000 to $25,000 in the second round, and $30,000 to $100,000 in the third. In each of these rounds, the contestant who finished with the most valuable prize in the previous one chooses first. The two remaining contestants after the third round advance to the Prize Fight.

Prize FightEdit

The final two contestants each select one card from a set of 10, marked with cash values that range from $25,000 to $250,000. The values on the cards are not immediately revealed. Each separately and secretly decides to "keep mine" or "take it all," similar in format to the prisoner's dilemma. If both contestants choose "keep mine," each receives the prizes they accumulated in the first three rounds, plus the cash value of the card they chose. If one chooses "keep mine" and the other chooses "take it all," the "take it all" contestant wins the prizes and cash awards accumulated by both, while the "keep mine" contestant leaves with nothing. If both choose "take it all," they lose all their cash and prizes and leave empty-handed.

Nielsen ratingsEdit

Date Rating Share Rating/share
Episode 1 December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) 4.3[3] 6 2.2/5[4] 7.12[4]
Episode 2 December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11) 4.5[5] 7 2.2/6[6] 7.18[6]
Episode 3 December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) 2.2[7] 3 1.1/3[8] 3.40[8]
Episode 4 December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) 2.4[9] 4 1.2/3[10] 3.93[10]
Episode 5 December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14) 2.9[11] 5 1.1/3[12] 4.70[12]
Episode 6 December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17) 1.5/4[13] 4.53[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 26, 2012). "NBC Announces Premiere of 'Take it All', Exciting Game Show From Howie Mandel". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rose, Lacey (April 17, 2012). "NBC Orders 'Howie Mandel's White Elephant' Game Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Porter, Rick (December 11, 2012). "TV ratings: '2 Broke Girls' and 'The Voice' lead Monday as American Country Awards stumble". Zap 2 It. Archived from the original on March 27, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (December 11, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Gossip Girl' Adjusted Up; 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Extreme Makeover', '2 Broke Girls', 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (December 12, 2012). "TV ratings: 'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead Tuesday and 'Parenthood' matches a season high". Zap 2 It. Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (December 12, 2012). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'The Mindy Project' Adjusted Up; 'Happy Endings' & 'Take It All' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ TV ratings: 'Criminal Minds' and 'Modern Family' lead a soft Wednesday Archived 2012-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (December 13, 2012). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'The Middle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ TV Ratings: 'Scandal' hits series high while 'The X Factor' dips Archived 2012-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (December 14, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'Last Resort', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Person of Interest', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ TV ratings: 'Fringe' rises a little Friday vs. softer competition Archived 2012-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (December 17, 2012). "Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Prancer Returns' Adjusted Down, No Adjustments for 'Last Man Standing', 'Malibu Country' or 'Fringe'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (December 18, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; '1600 Penn' Adjusted Down + No Adjustments for 'Gossip Girl' Finale". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 

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