Sunday, April 21, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Score Card: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gutpa Keeps Show Under 5 Million, Tied with Savannah Guthrie


The doctor was in, but his guest hosting wasn’t a successful prescription.

“Jeopardy!” ratings for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first week of work at the fabled game show remained under 5 million– 4.9 million to be exact.

The CNN medical expert retained the same number of viewers left him by Savannah Guthrie. He didn’t improve on her numbers but he didn’t go below, so that’s a good thing.

This week, ABC’s George Stephanopolous has taken over. He’ll be followed by his “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts. Then comes LeVar Burton.

Elsewhere in the syndication world, talk shows are in and out of reruns or mixing them up with new shows even though this month is a ratings period. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” is still number 1 but down to a 1.6 million audience because viewers “smell” that the shows are cobbled together with older interviews. For that reason, Drew Barrymore rose to a still very low 5 million viewers.

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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