Statistics - Other

Player Performance by Gender, Age and Country

The following tables are based on regular episodes for series 1-4. The data is almost complete, just missing 1 episode from S1 and 3 from S2.

The differences by gender are only slight. With males scoring higher in the cash builder round, more likely to take the high offer, less likely to take the low offer, and having a better chance of winning their head-to-head.

  No. of Players Average Cash Builder
(rounded to the nearest 100)
% taking each offer % winning head-to-head
Low Offer Middle Offer High Offer
Female 281 5,800 15% 76% 10% 56%
Male 303 6,100 11% 74% 15% 60%
ALL 584 5,900 13% 75% 13% 58%


The differences by age are quite interesting. The youngest age group are the weakest players - scoring least in their cash builders. They are the only group to be more likely to be caught in the head-to-head rather than make it home - despite 27% of them taking the lower offer. As you get older, you seem to get better at general knowledge. 45-54 year olds have the highest average cash builder, and almost the highest percentage for winning the head-to-head. After this age, performance drops slightly. Percentage winning head-to-head is highest for the 65+ category, but as none of them went for the highest offer, you would expect this figure to be higher.

Note: In series 1, players didn't normally state their age - although 1 player did. The rest are classed as unknown.

  No. of Players Average Cash Builder
(rounded to the nearest 100)
% taking each offer % winning head-to-head
Low Offer Middle Offer High Offer
18-24 55 4,900 27% 62% 11% 44%
25-34 127 5,600 15% 72% 13% 55%
35-44 146 6,100 13% 77% 10% 60%
45-54 112 6,400 6% 79% 15% 66%
55-64 82 5,900 5% 77% 18% 55%
65+ 27 6,000 7% 93% 0% 67%
Unknown 35 6,700 26% 63% 11% 63%
ALL 584 5,900 13% 75% 13% 58%


Nearly 85% of these players are from England. In the cash builder, Northern Irish and English players are slightly better. Welsh players are much more likely to take the middle offer. Northern Irish and Scottish players are more likely to win their head-to-head.

Note: For country I'm using the location they give in the introductions at the start of each episode, whether they say this is where they are from (now) or originally from.

  No. of Players Average Cash Builder
(rounded to the nearest 100)
% taking each offer % winning head-to-head
Low Offer Middle Offer High Offer
England 495 6,000 13% 74% 13% 58%
Scotland 32 5,800 13% 75% 13% 63%
Wales 28 5,500 4% 89% 7% 57%
Northern Ireland 20 6,100 10% 80% 10% 65%
Channel Islands 2 8,000 50% 50% 0% 100%
International 7 5,600 43% 29% 29% 57%
ALL 584 5,900 13% 75% 13% 58%

Tables added: 27 May 2017

Chaser Performance (first 100 episodes of series 10)

After 100 episodes of series 10, Jenny leads the way with a 88% win rate - Mark isn't far behind on 86%. Jenny is also the most successful chaser at catching players in the head-to-head, catching more than half of her opponents. Paul has the highest percentage of questions correct in the final chase.

  Chaser Wins Players Caught In Head-To-Head Correct Answers In Final Chase
No. % No. % No. %
Mark Labbett 18/21 86% 31/85 36% 386/467 83%
Shaun Wallace 16/20 80% 37/81 46% 332/409 81%
Anne Hegerty 17/22 77% 33/84 39% 394/479 82%
Paul Sinha 16/21 76% 31/85 36% 380/443 86%
Jenny Ryan 14/16 88% 34/65 52% 222/277 80%
ALL 81/100 81% 166/400 42% 1714/2075 83%

Table added: 3 December 2016

Chaser Performance (first 75 episodes of series 10)

After 75 episodes of series 10, the chasers have an incredible win percentage of 81%. Easily the best performance in a series.


Individually, Jenny leads the way with a 91% win rate. She is also the most successful chaser at catching players in the head-to-head, catching more than half of her opponents. Paul has the highest percentage of questions correct in the final chase.

  Chaser Wins Players Caught In Head-To-Head Correct Answers In Final Chase
No. % No. % No. %
Mark Labbett 14/16 88% 23/65 35% 304/364 84%
Shaun Wallace 12/15 80% 27/61 44% 234/289 81%
Anne Hegerty 13/17 76% 25/64 39% 305/366 83%
Paul Sinha 12/16 75% 21/65 32% 294/344 85%
Jenny Ryan 10/11 91% 24/45 53% 145/179 81%
ALL 61/75 81% 120/300 40% 1282/1542 83%

Table added: 29 October 2016

The Chase is 1000ish

I'm finding it hard to agree with ITV that today will actually be the 1000th episode of The Chase. [Unless of course they are showing this special episode massively out of sequence, hoping that nobody will notice ;-) In which case you can ignore the following message.]

This website was last updated to include the episode on Friday 23rd September. Episode counts to this point are shown in the column "Last update". Since then, including Thursday's special 1000th episode, there have been 5 episodes broadcast. These are shown in the column "This week", with a total column after this.

TypeLast updateThis weekTotal
Regular9524956
Celebrity specials62163
Text Santa specials3-3
ALL101751022

So actually, there have already been more than 1000 episodes. Counting the episodes that I have documented, the 1000th episode was on 2nd September.

Maybe, ITV mean it's the 1000th regular edition of the show. I've taken out the Celebrity Specials in the following table. I'll leave in 2 of the 3 Text Santa shows, as they were broadcast on Fridays at 5pm amongst regular episodes, so maybe are included in the count. When the 2013 Text Santa show aired, it seems to be in the middle of repeat episodes, so I won't include this.

TypeLast updateThis weekTotal
Regular9524956
Text Santa specials2-2
ALL9545958

Now we're actually 42 episodes short of the milestone. The only way I can think of making up the difference is through missing or unaired episodes. As mentioned on other pages, I think there might be 6 unaired episodes. A further 5 episodes are missing from the series counts I have. If we include both of these, then we are still 30 episodes short of the magic number. I would be shocked if there are that many episodes that I'm missing. The sequence number from last Friday's show was 0965, which suggests the totals I have are out by 11 - ie. the 6 unaired and the 5 unknown episodes.

So rather than wish The Chase a happy 1000th show, I'd like to wish them a happy somewhere between 956th and 1033rd show.

Table added: 29 September 2016

Chaser Performance (first 50 episodes of series 10)

After the first 50 episodes of series 10, Jenny is the only chaser with a 100% win rate. She is also the most successful at catching players in the head-to-head, catching exactly half of her opponents. Paul has the highest percentage of questions correct in the final chase.

  Chaser Wins Players Caught In Head-To-Head Correct Answers In Final Chase
No. % No. % No. %
Mark Labbett 9/11 82% 17/44 39% 194/242 80.2%
Shaun Wallace 9/11 82% 20/44 45% 166/208 79.8%
Anne Hegerty 9/11 82% 15/44 34% 199/234 85.0%
Paul Sinha 8/11 73% 14/44 32% 204/239 85.4%
Jenny Ryan 6/6 100% 12/24 50% 77/91 84.6%
ALL 41/50 82% 78/200 39% 840/1014 83%

Table added: 24 September 2016

Chaser Wins by Amount Banked (series 6 onwards)

There is a lot of variation in the chaser win % when compared to the amount banked. The chasers have their lowest win percentage when the players banked between 17,500 and 19,999 - they actually lose slightly more times than they win. The reason why they have a lower win %, is because on average they are having to chase higher targets. This bracket, and the ones on either side, should correspond with 3 or 4 good players getting through having taken the middle offer.

When facing the largest jackpots, 50,000 and above, the chasers win 71% of the time against an average score of 16.6. These numbers are almost identical to when the jackpot is between 12,500 and 14,999.

In the next highest category, 40,000 - 49,999, the chasers have struggled a little. Winning only 59% of shows, with an identical average target as for 50,000+ when they win 71% of the time. But in the 30,000 - 39,999 bracket, they perform very well. They have a similar win % to the 7,500 - 9,999 group, but on average have had to chase a target of 2 points higher.

  No. of Episodes Chaser Win % Average Target
0 - 2,499 21 100% 11.6
2,500 - 4,999 48 92% 13.1
5,000 - 7,499 91 88% 14.5
7,500 - 9,999 73 85% 15.4
10,000 - 12,499 99 74% 16.0
12,500 - 14,999 69 70% 16.7
15,000 - 17,499 57 56% 18.1
17,500 - 19,999 29 48% 18.7
20,000 - 29,999 55 62% 17.9
30,000 - 39,999 40 83% 17.4
40,000 - 49,999 32 59% 16.6
50,000 - 49 71% 16.6
Total 663 75% 16.1

Table added: 28 July 2016

% Correct Answers in the Final Chase - Series 9

The Sinnerman answered the highest percentage of questions correctly during final chases in series 9. Anne was a close second. An extra decimal place is required to separate Shaun and Mark in 3rd and 4th places, with Jenny slightly behind those two.

  No. of Episodes No. of Questions Asked No. of Correct Answers % Correct Answers
Mark Labbett 40 899 708 78.75%
Shaun Wallace 41 850 670 78.82%
Anne Hegerty 42 878 718 81.8%
Paul Sinha 41 894 736 82.3%
Jenny Ryan 20 442 344 77.8%

There are 4 episodes from this series that I don't have this data for - 2 for Jenny, and 1 each for Paul and Mark. This will only have a slight effect on the table. Looking at the episodes in question, Paul and Jenny are likely to see a slight improvement. Whilst Mark is likely to see a small decrease as he scored 15 when chasing a target of 17.

Table added: 18 July 2016

Chaser Wins by Day of the Week

To greatly improve your chance of winning the chase, appear on a Thursday, where your chance of winning goes up from 25% to 41%! You have a slightly better chance of winning if you appear on Tuesday or Wednesday. Fridays and Mondays are the days to avoid, with only a 12% chance of winning on a Friday.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday ALL
Chaser Win % 84% 69% 72% 59% 88% 75%

Although obviously, it's unlikely ITV will know what day the show they are about to record is broadcast, and the players certainly won't have any choice as to which show they appear in and when it is shown.

This data is likely to be biased. It doesn't seem that episodes are broadcast in strict sequential order. With the order changed either to make sure there are only 1 or 2 player wins each week, or to make sure as many chasers as possible are appearing each week. So far, there have been 177 weeks where 5 new episodes were broadcast. 126 of these weeks had just 1 win for the team and a further 48 had 2 wins for the team. There hasn't been a week where the team won more than twice. There have only been 3 weeks, where out of the 5 episodes, the team didn't win any of them.
  • Week commencing 11/07/2010 - series 2, episodes 35-39.
  • Week commencing 11/03/2012 - series 5, episodes 25-29.
  • Week commencing 04/11/2012 - series 6, episodes 6-10.

Table added: 07 July 2016