Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ken Jennings in No Jeopardy of Not Being Permanent Host: Ratings for 4th Week Were Up from Last Week


You know Ken Jennings is going to be the permanent host of “Jeopardy!” It’s just a matter of time.

For the week of February 7th, Jennings’ fourth week of shows were up in the ratings by 2 percent, 6.1 million. Ken is rocking. On the show he’s personable and relaxed and totally engaged with the contestants.

Next week we’ll see the show’s executive producer take a crack at hosting, and then a few celeb fill ins like Katie Couric and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There will be more, through the spring, and then Jennings will likely be named permanent host in May.

“Jeopardy” remains the number 1 show in syndication, which is a tribute to Alex Trebek.

The sad news is that December’s winning contestant, 24 year old Brayden Smith, died in January after a brief hospitalization. This is tragic. The kid seemed so happy, and he won $115K!

Other syndication news: “The Ellen Show” was down to 1 million, but “Live with Kelly and Ryan” remains a powerhouse with 2 million. Amazing. And that’s tribute to Regis Philbin, who invented the show.


Roger Friedman
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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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