Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Returns to Top Syndicated Show with High Ratings Thanks to Record Breaker Amy Schneider


“Jeopardy” is no longer in ratings jeopardy. And it’s all thanks to Amy Schneider.

Schneider  won her 32nd straight game on Thursday night, and she is now tied for third place with James Holzhauer for the number of consecutive games won.

But for the last week of 2020, “Jeopardy!” scored 5.4 million viewers with Schneider, and topped “Family Feud” for the number 1 syndicated game show. And the number 1 syndicated show overall.

Schneider’s first game was on November 17. She’s won $1,101,600 and is the highest earning female contestant in “Jeopardy!” history. Schneider is now $417,001 away from overtaking Matt Amodio’s third-place spot for highest regular season play winnings, and only six games away from tying Amodio’s second-place streak of 38 games. But she’s far away from beating show host Ken Jennings’ record of $2,520,700 over 74 games.

Schneider, by the way, is the first transgender person to play or win “Jeopardy!”

On Twitter this fall, Schneider wrote: “The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans all that often, and so when appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor. But I also didn’t want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until they read about it, I do want people to know that aspect of me. I think being trans is really cool!”

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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