The Price Is Right is celebrating its 40th anniversary in grand style this year, having recently wrapped its 7,500th episode and launching its first-ever celebrity week (Snoop Dogg, Jenny McCarthy and Neil Patrick Harris, come on down!) in January. For cave dwellers and Luddites, The Price Is Right — hosted for decades by Bob Barker before comedian Drew Carey took the reins in 2007 — is an energetic, carnivalesque game show that features contestants squaring off in a variety of pricing games on the way to large showcases of valuable prizes. In honor of the CBS hit's record-breaking 40th season, we take a look at Price Is Right by the numbers:
More than 100,000 prizes have been awarded on the show, including cars, boats and trips. / More than 2 million audience members, often flamboyantly dressed, have taken part in tapings of the show, and more than 65,000 contestants have been chosen to compete. / 3,600 Plinko chips have been dropped during the show’s 40-year run. / The show’s biggest winner took home $147,517 in cash and prizes, while a Tesla Roadster (worth $112,845) is the most expensive single prize ever offered. / The show has presented more than 15,000 showcases. / The show’s popular “Cliff Hanger” game has been played more than 700 times, with “the yodelly guy,” as he is affectionately called, having gone over the edge 282 times. / Models have highlighted prizes with the world-famous Price Is Right “wrist flip” more than 300,000 times.