Monday, June 24, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Sinks Another 7 Percent with Anderson Cooper, Has Lost 1 Million Viewers Since January


Do the people at “Jeopardy!” know what they’re doing?

With Anderson Cooper as host the week ending April 25th, the once venerated game show dropped another 7% and finished with just 5.1 million viewers.

That’s down a million viewers since Ken Jennings finished his guest run in February. With every guest host since then the ratings have slowly deteriorated. Cooper’s first week is the bottom so far, but his second one could be worse.

Tonight Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes” takes over. Several more guest hosts will follow with LeVar Burton included. The fans have petitioned for him, but it’s unclear how bad things will be by then.

To be honest, syndicated ratings are down across the board in every category. The viewing audience may just be exhausted from being inside listening to all this stuff over and over. “Judge Judy” and “Hot Bench” are also suffering downturns. Ellen DeGeneres’s show is still at 900,000, and “Drew Barrymore” can’t do better than 500,000 viewers a day.

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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