“Jeopardy!” fell back to 5.1 million viewers with Buzzy Cohen at the helm.
Cohen hosted two weeks of the “Tournament of Champions” during sweeps, which was supposed to boost the audience.
But Buzzy had no Buzz. His ratings fell 2% from Bill Whitaker’s final week, to 5.1 million. “Jeopardy” has lost 1 million viewers since the beginning of the year.
So far the endless parade of guest hosts since Ken Jennings’ six week run has been abysmal. The farther away we get from Jennings, the lower the ratings go. Why not test it out and bring Ken back for a week in July? It’s too late. “Jeopardy!” went with this plan, and there was no turning back.
This mess will go on until the week of August 13th with sportscaster Joe Buck. Before that we get George Stephanopolous, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Sanjay Guptah, CNBC’s David Faber, and so on. The only guest host of any interest will be LeVar Burton, July 26-30th, last week of sweeps. Burton is Jennings’ only competitor for permanent host.
The show will return after Labor Day with a permanent host. By then, the rating should be scraping 4 million or lower.
Meantime, beloved long time host Alex Trebek will be honored posthumously at the Daytime Emmys and Critics Choice Reality TV awards.