Sunday, June 16, 2024

Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” Increases Already Huge Audience Numbers on 3rd Day of Mega Competition


I’ll take HUGE RATINGS for 15 million.

That’s right. After hovering just under that number for two nights in a row, “Jeopardy: GOAT”– which means Greatest of All Time — jumped over 15 million viewers last night to 15.38 million.

Alex Trebek must be very happy, especially if he’s getting ready to step down after almost 36 years. When the competition resumes next week, expect the audience to grow some more. Even though Ken Jennings in the lead, I’ll bet Brad Rutter and James Holzhauser will try and slow him down.

For ABC, getting this goat is quite a score. “Jeopardy” is giving their 9pm a great lead in. Last night, over 6 million people tuned in to see their report on Jeffrey Epstein. There’s an irony there since ABC reporter Amy Robach was caught off camera saying she’d had the story three years ago and ABC News refused to run it.

ABC loves its prime time game shows. They just announced a revival of “Supermarket Sweep” hosted by our beloved SNL star Leslie Jones. I wish Leslie were doing more sophisticated things, but she’s got to make money and we can’t blame her. ABC is searching for an equivalent to Ellen Degeneres’s “Game of Games” show. Maybe Leslie will be that person.


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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