Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Jumps Back to Decent Ratings with Mayim Bialik Hosting and Matt Amodio Winning Every Night


“Jeopardy!” is back.

The beleaguered game managed to kick up its ratings to 5.4 million viewers for the last week of September. That’s the best it’s done since last April when Aaron Rodgers was the host.

Mayim Bialik is the current host, taking over for fired producer Mike Richards. Bialik exits on November 5th to return to her Fox sitcom. That’s when Ken Jennings returns.

Bialik has been helped by contestant Matt Amodio, who has won has won $1,400,801 in 35 appearances on the show. He is third behind Jennings and James Holzhauer. The Yale PhD student seems unstoppable as he continues to rake in the dough.

“Jeopardy!” had bottomed out around 4.7 million viewers this year, far below the 6 million legacy left behind by Alex Trebek and maintained by Jennings. We’ll see where it goes from here.

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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