‘Jeopardy!’: Aaron Rodgers Scores Big Ratings Victory During Stint as Guest Host

by Thad Mitchell

Whether on the football field or behind the Jeopardy! host’s podium, NFL star Aaron Rodgers is a smash hit among audiences.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback just wrapped up his two-week run as Jeopardy! guest host. During his run, Rodgers had several memorable moments and seemed to be a natural in front of the camera. Much as he does on the field, he was able to control and navigate the tempo of the hit quiz show. Rodgers appears effortless as he speaks to contestants and reads clues that can sometimes contain difficult words to pronounce. He was unafraid to poke a little fun at himself, as evidenced by his “sticky notes” social media post last week.

Jeopardy! Fans Embrace Aaron Rodgers as Host

Rodgers was a big hit with the Jeopardy! fan base, scoring a much higher rating than previous host, Dr. Mehmet Oz. While some thought he would struggle following on the heels of television veterans Ken Jennings and Katie Couric, Rodgers actually did the opposite. According to The Wrap, the quarterback garnered a 5.6 household rating during his two-week tenure. That number represents a 14 percent increase over Dr. Oz’s two-week rating. The high rating is considered a big victory for the network as it led all of syndication during the period.

While his ratings were excellent, they did not reach totals put up by former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings. The most successful game show contestant of all time put up a 6.2 household rating during his stint as host. Rodgers more than held his own though and he’s made it no secret that he has interest in the permanent hosting role. Jennings also has an interest in that position and both men will likely receive consideration.

In addition to excellent ratings, Rodgers was able to raise more than $236,000 for his charity, the North Valley Community Foundation. Journalist Anderson Cooper currently has the Jeopardy! hosting reigns and will remain in the position for the next two weeks.

With his Jeopardy! hosting stint now in the rearview mirror, Rodgers will shift his attention to the upcoming 2021 NFL season. Last year, the Packers fell one game short of making it to the Super Bowl. Rodgers and his team should have plenty of motivation heading into a new season.