|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?|
|Created by:||David Briggs|
|Presented by:||Regis Philbin|
|Running Time:||60 minutes (ABC)|
30 minutes (Syndication)
|No. of Episodes:||ABC: 363 (As of Aug. 23, 2009)|
Syndication: 2,020 (As of Dec. 6, 2013)
|Original Run:||16 August 1999 – 27 June 2002|
16 September 2002 – Present
|Top Prize Amount||$1,000,000 (in annuities)|
|Number of Top Prize Winners||11|
"WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?" is an American television game show based upon the original British version of the same title,which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of consecutive multiple choice questions. Originally, as in the UK edition, contestants were required to correctly answer 15 questions of increasing difficulty, but starting in 2010, the format was modified so that the contestants are now faced with 14 questions of random difficulty. The program follows the same general premise as its original UK counterpart, and is one of many international variants in the WWTBAM franchise.
The original U.S. version aired on ABC from 8/16/1999 to 6/27/2002, and was hosted by Regis Philbin. The current syndicated version of the show began airing on September 16, 2002, and was launched by Meredith Vieira, who remained host for 11 seasons, with her final first-run episodes airing in May 2013. Vieira was succeeded by Cedric Kyles beginning with the premiere of season 12 on September 2, 2013.