One of the most vexing paradoxes in probability theory is the Monty Hall problem, which is from a 1960s TV show called "Let's Make a Deal", hosted by Monty Hall. The standard setup is that the player is shown 3 doors. Only one has a valuable prize.
After the player picks a door, Monty Hall takes the two unpicked doors (2/3 chance of it being there) and opens up one of them, never the one with the prize. Now there are only 2 doors. He then offers the player a chance to switch.
The puzzle has been very confusing. When Marilyn vos Savant proposed a solution, as many as 1000 people with doctorates challenged her, some challenging her results, others her presumptions about specific game host behaviour. Yet she stuck to her guns, and made her point to many. However, why is there so much debate about theory and rule meanings, when a canonical source exists to answer both?
The Monty Hall problem is, after all, modeled on a real thing with a statistically significant number of plays.
My question is not about the mathematical theory, and the Internet is already heavy with that debate; please add none here. This quesion is: has anyone ever gone back and looked at actual tapes, films or business records of the Let's Make a Deal show, and tallied how the contestants actually did?