Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Host Competition Sharpens as Ratings Fall Again While “Family Feud” Rises


The competition for “Jeopardy!” host continues to sharpen as the weeks go by.

For the week ending June 26th. “Jeopardy! ratings dipped again, by 2%, to 4.9. They’d been at 5.0 the previous week, and 5.2 before that. They’ve been down appreciably with Mayim Bialik as host.

All syndicated shows are down during the summer, but “Jeopardy!” is the only major game show to lose viewers in June. “Family Feud” is up and has taken the number 1 spot away from “Jeopardy!” Meanwhile, “Wheel of Fortune” has remained steady.

Soon Sony TV will have to decide if Bialik is the permanent host or if they will select Ken Jennings. Jennings’ ratings are always consistently in the upper 5’s or 6 million. A lot of that has to do with the contestants’ success, but the host drives the show.

Bialik is busy either way. She goes back to her Fox sitcom soon to tape a new season.

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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