Statistics - Cash Builder

Average Cash Builder by Series

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  % of Episodes Covered Average Cash Builder
(rounded to the nearest 100)
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 ALL
Series 1 90% 6,300 6,900 7,100 6,400 6,700
Series 2 100% 6,900 6,800 6,300 6,600 6,700
Series 3 100% 5,200 6,100 5,100 5,300 5,400
Series 4 100% 6,200 6,000 5,300 5,200 5,700
Series 5 97% 6,000 5,400 5,000 4,800 5,300
Series 6 56% 4,900 5,700 4,100 4,700 4,900
Series 7 99% 5,100 5,200 4,100 4,800 4,800
Series 8 90% 4,800 5,400 4,200 4,900 4,800
Series 9 94% 5,400 4,900 4,400 4,600 4,800
Series 10 100% 5,400 5,200 4,100 4,500 4,800
Series 11 100% 5,200 5,000 4,200 4,800 4,800
ALL 92% 5,400 5,400 4,500 4,800 5,000

No. of Questions Answered in Cash Builder

As long time watchers of the show would suspect, the number of questions got through in the cash builder round isn't as many as it was. Series 1 and 2 averaged about 12 questions answered in the 60 seconds. This had dropped to 11 for series 3 and 4, and has dropped to 9.3 for the current series.

So it isn't surprising that cash builder scores are coming down, as they are being asked fewer questions. If we look at accuracy, the % of questions that are answered correctly, then this hovers around the 50% mark.

  No. of Episodes Documented Average No. of Questions % Questions Correctly Answered
Answered Correctly Answered
Series 1 9/10 11.8 6.7 56%
Series 2 37/40 12.3 6.7 54%
Series 3 40/40 11.0 5.4 49%
Series 4 60/60 11.1 5.7 51%
Series 5 100/119 10.3 5.3 51%
Series 7 142/150 10.1 4.8 47%
Series 10 80/189 9.5 4.6 48%
Series 11 75/75 9.3 4.8 51%

I've only included series where I have data for at least 25 episodes, apart from S1 that only had 10 episodes anyway.


Statistics - Head-To-Head

High Offers by Series

  No. of Episodes Documented Average High Offer
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 ALL
Series 1 9/10 14,333 18,444 20,000 18,111 70,889
Series 2 37/40 20,189 23,784 28,324 29,595 101,892
Series 3 40/40 18,225 24,075 27,800 28,700 98,800
Series 4 60/60 22,250 27,933 35,117 41,250 126,550
Series 5 100/119 23,720 26,900 32,890 39,057 122,567
Series 7 142/150 24,486 32,225 39,232 50,331 146,275
Series 10 80/189 26,000 34,000 40,238 54,738 154,975
Series 11 75/75 24,987 32,427 38,747 54,547 150,707

I've only included series where I have data for at least 25 episodes, apart from S1 that only had 10 episodes anyway.

Head-To-Head Offer Accepted by Player Number

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  Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 ALL
% taking each offer Low Offer 4% 4% 16% 18% 10%
Middle Offer 87% 84% 75% 67% 78%
High Offer 9% 12% 10% 15% 12%

% Players Winning Head-To-Head by Series

  % winning head-to-head
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 ALL
Series 1 40% 80% 70% 50% 60%
Series 2 60% 65% 60% 60% 61%
Series 3 60% 65% 48% 63% 59%
Series 4 62% 63% 47% 50% 55%
Series 5 61% 61% 55% 61% 60%
Series 6 53% 64% 45% 53% 54%
Series 7 53% 70% 56% 65% 61%
Series 8 66% 66% 61% 55% 62%
Series 9 68% 62% 51% 66% 62%
Series 10 59% 65% 55% 61% 60%
Series 11 69% 60% 61% 61% 63%
ALL 61% 64% 54% 60% 60%

% Players Winning Head-To-Head by Offer

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  Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 ALL
% winning head-to-head Low Offer 73% 80% 69% 73% 72%
Middle Offer 62% 66% 53% 60% 60%
High Offer 43% 51% 34% 45% 44%
ALL 61% 64% 54% 60% 60%

% Players Winning Head-To-Head by Cash Builder Total

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  No. of Players % winning head-to-head
Low Offer Middle Offer High Offer ALL
Cash Builder Total 0 32 50% 38% 0% 25%
1 99 58% 48% 25% 47%
2 262 71% 43% 35% 48%
3 524 71% 54% 36% 55%
4 739 73% 57% 41% 57%
5 722 71% 61% 39% 60%
6 691 76% 67% 47% 66%
7 493 88% 69% 51% 68%
8 246 56% 73% 56% 70%
9 119 100% 76% 70% 76%
10 49 100% 76% 67% 76%
11 10 100% 71% 50% 70%
12 6   67%   67%
13 1   0%   0%
14 1   0%   0%
Unknown 674 74% 53% 52% 55%
ALL 4668 72% 60% 44% 60%

% Head-To-Head Questions Answered Correctly by Cash Builder Total

Not surprisingly, there is a reasonable correlation between cash builder score, and the percentage of questions players went on to get right in the head-to-head round. Bizarrely, the person who got the highest ever cash builder total of 14,000 only got 2 out of 6 questions right in the head-to-head. The highest percentage, 75%, was achieved by players with a cash builder of 9,000. Players who earned 0 in their cash builder, are the only ones on average who go on to get more questions wrong than right in the head-to-head.

  No. of Players % head-to-head questions answered correctly
Cash Builder Total 0 11 42%
1 46 51%
2 135 55%
3 275 56%
4 385 58%
5 403 63%
6 392 63%
7 291 67%
8 130 67%
9 68 75%
10 35 74%
11 10 68%
12 5 73%
13 1 57%
14 1 33%
ALL 2188 62%

Based on 547 episodes from S1-5, S7, S10 and S11.

Likelihood of Winning Head-To-Head by Position On Table

This table follows each player, question by question, on their journey down the head-to-head board. It shows how many steps they have to go, and how far behind the chaser is.

It's probably easier to explain with some examples. Note: In series 1, players had to answer 1 more question to get home than they have done since. So players going high had to answer 7 questions and not 6 to get home.

  Gap to Chaser
1 2 3 4 5 6
Steps to go 1 64% 89% 96% 99% 100% 100%
2 43% 74% 90% 96% 98% 100%
3 34% 60% 80% 90% 97%  
4 25% 50% 70% 77% 100%  
5 18% 42% 62% 67%    
6 17% 41% 58%      
7   50%        

Based on 547 episodes from S1-5, S7, S10 and S11.

Note:
Unfortunately, there isn't a single source that has a complete record of which offer each player took in every episode. I've combined a variety of sources, but the data is still incomplete. I've used some statistical methods to fill in the blanks. So the tables are as accurate as they can be with the data I have available, but they aren't 100% accurate. I'll continue to improve this as and when I find new sources.

Page last updated: 21 November 2017