“Jeopardy!” just hasn’t been the same since Alex Trebek’s final episodes — and neither have its ratings.
OK, so that’s a little unfair. The “Jeopardy!” ratings were of course boosted by interest in seeing Trebek off. And they stayed high due to the intrigue of seeing someone other than Trebek — initially, legendary champion Ken Jennings — host the popular quiz program.
While the Nielsen numbers for the Sony Television game show have since tapered off a bit from there, “Jeopardy!” has still topped all other syndicated series almost every week since Trebek’s final bow.
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TheWrap has ranked all the “Jeopardy!” guest hosts by their average rating. This, too, is a bit unfair, as the highest ratings of 2021 were all pretty frontloaded for the first guys. Again, that’s just the nature of public fascination after Trebek iconically hosted the show for 36 years.
See the rankings below.
Host: Dr. Oz
Dates: March 22, 2021 – April 2, 2021
Average Rating: 5.1
Host: Katie Couric
Dates: March 8, 2021 – March 19, 2021
Average Rating: 5.5
Host: Aaron Rodgers
Dates: April 5, 2021 – April 16, 2021
Average Rating: 5.6*
*Just one week… so far
Host: Mike Richards
Dates: Feb. 22, 2021 – March 5, 2021
Average Rating: 5.9
Host: Ken Jennings
Dates: Jan. 11, 2021 – Feb. 19, 2021
Average Rating: 6
Anderson Cooper, you’re next. After Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Savannah Guthrie, Mayim Bialik, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Joe Buck will take their own turns.
Alex Trebek died in November following a long and very public battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
News of Trebek’s diagnosis came just months after the beloved Canadian renewed his contract with Sony Pictures Television to stay on as host of “Jeopardy!” through 2022. After undergoing treatment, Trebek announced in May 2020 that he was in “near remission.”
He returned to hosting “Jeopardy!” that August, but announced in September that he was undergoing chemotherapy again after revealing that he lost a large amount of weight and his “numbers went sky high.”
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