For almost a hundred years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been captivating audiences with its incredible talent and challenging word challenges. What started with an 11-year-old spelling “gladiolus” to win $500 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has now become an eagerly awaited event.
This year, the finals will take place on Thursday night, following a week-long battle involving 231 spellers from across the United States. After intense competition, around a dozen finalists have emerged, showcasing their exceptional language skills. The finals are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday and will be broadcasted on the Ion and Bounce networks until approximately 10 p.m. The finals, held at the impressive National Harbor in Maryland, mark the culmination of a week filled with intense competition.
While the Scripps National Spelling Bee used to be broadcasted on ESPN, last year it made a strategic move to the Ion network, a subsidiary of Scripps. This shift aimed to reach a wider audience beyond paid TV subscribers. The gamble paid off, with the viewership of the 2022 finals increasing by an impressive 147 percent compared to the previous year, attracting an overall audience of 7.5 million people – the highest since 2015.
As a long-standing tradition, The New York Times, known for its extensive coverage of spelling bees over the past 150 years, will continue to provide live coverage of the spellers’ inspiring stories and the challenging words they encounter. Merriam-Webster, the official dictionary partner of the contest, will provide definitions for these words. The champion of the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee will not only make history but also receive a grand prize of over $50,000 in cash and a collection of valuable reference works, including a replica of the esteemed 1768 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Don’t miss out on the excitement and brilliance displayed by these young wordsmiths. Tune in to the finals of the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee and witness the determination, intelligence, and passion of the next generation of language experts.