Monday, June 17, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Ratings Fall with Dr. Oz to Worst Numbers Yet, Guest Hosts Are Not Working Out


“Jeopardy” fans are rejecting the guest hosts.

After Katie Couric saw her ratings with the show tumble to 5.3 million, now Dr. Oz has topped her.

With Oz asking the questions the week of March 28th, “Jeopardy!” fell to 5.2 million viewers. Of course it didn’t help that fans protested his hosting gig and even circulated a petition.

All signs point to the return of Ken Jennings, who managed to keep the ratings at Alex Trebekian levels around 6 million. My guess is that after Aaron Rodgers finishes his stint, Jennings gets named permanent replacement with May sweeps. Why wait til September?

Among syndicated talk shows, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” stayed at number 1 with no change, “Dr. Phil” had a 6% drop in total viewers. Even “Judge Judy” had a 6% drop to 4.9 million. I guess everyone is tired of being inside and watching this stuff. Did they turn to reading classic novels? I doubt it.

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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