It then returned to daytime only until 1973 on CBS.After that, the Dating Game returned for the Fall of 1973 season in syndication with Chuck Woolery as a new host.The Dating Game TV show was a 30 minute game show on ABC where a contestant would ask questions that were typically funny or sensual in nature of three other contestants of the opposite sex. Occasionally there would be an episode of the Dating Game where they told about the dates that were successful and had developed into relationships.Then one of the three would be chosen to go out on a date. Host (1973-1974 / 1977-1980 / 1997) Elaine Joyce ............ Viewers might have been skeptical, however, about the permanent nature of those relationships because the follow-ups usually just said that the couple had a great first date and went out again.The questioner could not see their three potential dates so appearance did not factor into the decision. There were a few dates, however, that resulted in marriage.
Then in October of 1966, ABC moved the series to their Thursday night prime-time schedule at PM to replace "The Tammy Grimes Show" that only survived a few episodes.
That version lasted through 1989 and was hosted by Jeff Mac Gregor.
It had some pretty strong competition from "My Three Sons" on CBS and "Star Trek" on NBC but it was a "fun" show and audiences loved it!
It managed to survive in prime-time (a rarety for a game show) for another three years!
After three seasons off the air, Chuck returned, again in syndication, with more episodes from 1977-1980!
In 1986, "The New Dating Game" appeared with Elaine Joyce as host.