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 Match Game continued through September 26, 1969, on NBC for 1,760 episodes, airing at pm Central), running 25 minutes due to a five-minute newscast.
The questions used in the game were pedestrian in nature: "Name a kind of muffin," "Write down one of the words to ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ other than ‘Row,’ ‘Your’ or ‘Boat’" or "John loves his _____." The humor in the original series came largely from the panelists' reactions to the other answers (especially on the occasional all-star episodes).
In 1963, NBC cancelled the series with six weeks left to be recorded.