‘Jeopardy!’: Guest Host With Worst TV Ratings Revealed

by Emily Morgan

As “Jeopardy!” producers continue to search for a permanent host, their recent string of celebrity guest hosts might be doing more harm than good.

Recently, the show revealed which celebrity guest host brought in the worst ratings. According to The Wrap, “Jeopardy!” fell another 2 percent in Dr. Oz’s first week as guest host, its lowest numbers since the New Year’s holiday break.

During Dr. Oz’s stint, “Jeopardy!” finished with a 5.2 household rating, while the fellow game show “Family Feud” led its second week in a row with a 5.4 rating for the week of Mar. 28. However, at the time, “Jeopardy!” was also competing with CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For “Jeopardy!” the 5.2 rating is the lowest rating the show has received since the week ending Jan. 3, just before Alex Trebek’s final week. After the longtime host passed away in Nov., the show aired his final episodes beginning in early January. As a result, the show received a 6.6 rating, with Trebek’s last show on Jan. 8 drawing in 14 million viewers.

In the months following, the show has welcomed a string of guests hosts to try their hand behind the podium. “Jeopardy!” GOAT Ken Jennings received a 6.2 rating in his debut week. In week 2, it dropped slightly to a 5.9 rating.

Afterward, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards filled in and averaged a 5.9 rating, marking a 3 percent decline. Katie Couric later succeeded Richards. Her second and final week as guest host saw a 5 percent drop in ratings, leaving it with a 5.3 household rating, while “Family Feud” led the pack with 5.4.

‘Jeopardy!’ Receives Lowest Ratings With Dr. Oz

Following Couric, amid controversy, Dr. Oz stepped onto the “Jeopardy!” stage. Many users called for the show to remove the celebrity doctor with “#BoycottJeopardy” trending on Twitter.

Four-time “Jeopardy!” winner Lindsey Shultz weighed in on the show’s decison to include Dr. Oz, saying, “When you’ve made your career in the popular media by, at best, conveying confidence in unproven remedies, and at worst, implicitly causing your audience to doubt the process the rest of us live by and have been at wit’s end trying to defend for a full calendar, I’m not sure a show based around facts is the best place for you.”

Following Dr. Oz, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers began his guest-hosting gig on Monday and will continue on the show until Apr. 16. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will take over from April 19-30.