Friday, April 12, 2024

Ratings: “Jeopardy!” Soared Back to High Ratings During Matt Amodio’s Final Week of Winning


It hasn’t been a great year for “Jeopardy!” At one point the veteran game show was down to 4.5 million viewers this year. That was off a high of 6.1 million last winter when they returned after Alex Trebek’s death.

Well, the most recent rating week which ended Friday October 8th was a smash hit. The show rose 7% to 5.9 million viewers, a huge comeback.

Alas, the sudden rise had nothing to do with who was hosting, although Mayim Bialik’s hosting run has had improved ratings. But the reason was something different.

The cause of the jump was the last week of Matt Amodio’s run as champion. Fans tuned in to see if Amodio would make it another Friday as top player, which he did. Unfortunately, on Monday the 11th, Amodio’s run came to an end when he was defeated. He exited the show with over a million bucks.

Now “Jeopardy!” goes back to reality. And coming November 5th Ken Jennings takes over as host again. He was last seen in January.

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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