Saturday, May 18, 2024

Alex Trebek Victory Lap: Prime Time “Jeopardy” Scores Whopping 14.8 Million Viewers Two Nights in a Row, More to Come of “Greatest of All Time”


Alex Trebek is getting some victory lap after 36 years on “Jeopardy.”

For the last two nights. the prime time version of the game show has scored 14.8 million viewers for its “Greatest of All Time” showdown among mega champions James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter.

Trebek is battling stage IV pancreatic cancer and refuses to stand down.  I’m sure the audience is watching as much for him as for the contestants. They know Trebek’s run is coming to an end, so the interest level is very high.

Prime time “Jeopardy” has so far yielded shockingly high numbers that recall the days before there was cable. Getting 15 million people means it’s twice as much as NBC’s “Chicago” shows. It’s almost three times as much as “The Conners,” which usually airs on Tuesdays at 8pm. The “Jeopardy” audience is also staying for the rest of the ABC lineup.

Trebek told reporters yesterday that when he decides to leave, he will give his producers almost no notice. He’ll just tell them at the top of a show that he needs 30 seconds at the end to say goodbye and that will be it. He’s handled his situation so far with so much grace and dignity that he’s really going to leave a lovely legacy.

“GOAT Jeopardy” will continue this week and next until the final winner is decided. But the final winner is Trebek. He’ll take COURAGE for $500.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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