Friday, April 19, 2024

The Jeopardy! Audience Likes Ken Jennings: First Week Ratings for Successor Host Top All Syndicated Shows


It turns out the “”Jeopardy!” audience likes Ken Jennings. A lot.

Jennings’ first week of new shows since the death of  Alex Trebek was a hit. The show scored over 6 million viewers average per show. That’s just 6% down from Trebek’s final week of new shows that preceded Jennings.

Jennings is just a temporary host at the moment. Producers will put us through a bunch of guest hosts next, just to make it seem like they’re looking for someone. But Jennings was hired as a special consultant almost a year ago and groomed for the position. He’s done a great job, too. He’s affable, relaxed, personable, knowledgeable. He seems very comfortable.

The top 10 syndicated shows for the week of January 11th follow. No talk show finished in the top 10, not even “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” And “The Ellen Show” is having issues.

“Live” actually dropped to 1.8 million, tying with Dr. Phil. Ellen DeGeneres returned from reruns a little up, to 1 million, tied with Kelly Clarkson and crap fest “Maury.”

1) “Jeopardy!” (CBS Media Ventures – CMV): 6.2 rating 2) “Wheel of Fortune” (CMV): 5.8 3) “Family Feud” (CMV) and “Judge Judy” (CMV): 5.4 each 5) Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 3.7 6) “Dateline” – Weekly (NBCUniversal): 3.2 7) “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 2.6 8) “Inside Edition” (CMV): 2.4 9) “Entertainment Tonight” (CMV): 2.2 10″ “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CMV): 2.0

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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