Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Now in Real Jeopardy: Anderson Cooper’s Second Week Falls Below 5 Mil, Lowest Rating Recorded


Beats me. I thought Anderson Cooper was a good Jeopardy host.

But Cooper’s second week was a disaster, sending the ratings below 5 million for the first time in recorded history. The total was 4.8 million, down severely from Ken Jennings’ 6 million earlier this winter.

For a first run, non repeat “Jeopardy!” show, the number is cataclysmic.

The Cooper fail dragged “Wheel of Fortune,” its companion show, down to 4.8 million also.

Syndicator CBS has wrapped the season, so there’s nothing that they can do to remedy the situation. Instead of just putting Jennings in, they had to make this mess of things with the guest hosts. Week by week the ratings have just slid down with no reprieve. Crazy.

At this rate, by the time they finish up the season the show will be in dire straits. They will have to run the best of Alex Trebek all through August and highlight Jennings’ old wins before naming him permanent host.

Ironic, isn’t it? Jennings was the only non-celebrity to guest host besides EP Mike Richards, and he got the best ratings.



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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