Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Host Competition Narrows as Mayim Bialik Having Trouble Keeping Ratings Up


“Jeopardy!” is having in house competition right now. Who will be regular host? Ken Jennings or Mayim Bialik?

Don;t get me wrong. I have nothing against Mayim. She’s terrific. But she has had trouble keeping the ratings above 5 million. Except for one, she’s been well below 5 million.

The most recent numbers have Mayim just at 5 million fans, down by 200,000 or 4% from the previous week. Bialik’s ratings have not been close to Jennings’ from the winter and spring when there were back to back bonanza winners.

Which host will CBS Television choose? The audience seems to want Jennings more, and Bialik as a substitute and host of special episodes. There’s also a buzz for Buzzy Cohen, but I don’t see that happening. He really doesn’t have a track record in regular ratings weeks.


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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