Friday, March 1, 2024

“Jeopardy!” in Jeopardy as Dr. Oz Week 2 Sinks to Lowest Ratings Ever, More Than 1 Million Fans Have Left In Last Two Months


Where the heck is Ken Jennings?

“Jeopardy!” is in jeopardy since Dr. Oz took over as guest host. His second week at the podium sank the venerated game show to 4.9 million viewers. Dr. Oz’s first week was higher by 300,000.

When Ken Jennings took over from the late Alex Trebek in January. he kept the ratings at a steady 6 million. But when Jennings left, Katie Couric came in and numbers started to dip. Couric’s run caused some damage, but Dr. Oz– who the fans petitioned against– has left the show in a precarious situation. In between there was show EP Mike Richards.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on now, and we won’t know what’s happened with him until next week. But the PR machine issued an interview with Richards yesterday loading praise on Rodgers. That’s a sign they know things aren’t going well. The interview read like an act of desperation.

There are still weeks and weeks to come of guest hosts starting next week with Anderson Cooper, then Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes.” actress Mayim Bialik, and Savannah Guthrie, followed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. There’s no plan for Levar Burton, who has a big fan following. It looks like “Jeopardy!” will wait till Labor Day to announce Jennings, or some new permanent host. I wonder if they can wait that long.

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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