Monday, July 15, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Gets No Buzz from Buzzy Cohen as Tournament of Champions Sends Show Down Again in the Ratings


“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.


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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