‘Jeopardy!’: How Did Aaron Rodgers Compare to Ken Jennings in TV Ratings?

by Halle Ames

Aaron Rodgers completed his two-week stint as Jeopardy guest host, but how did the quarterback compare to the legend, Ken Jennings?

Since Alex Trebek’s unfortunate death in November due to a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, the popular game show has been tirelessly attempting to replace him. (We all know Jeopardy can never replace Alex Trebek, though). 

So far, five Jeopardy hosts have already had their day in the spotlight. They include Jeopardy royalty Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric, as well as TV personality Dr. Oz. Most recently, Aaron Rodgers has all taken their place behind the podium. 

TV personality Anderson Cooper is currently holding the position. He started on April 17 and will be quizzing contestants until April 30.

Now that Rodgers’s reign is over, the star-studded list continues with more talented and notable names. Some hosts that are still waiting for their turn on the Jeopardy stage include Today host Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and most recently announced, NFL commentator Joe Buck

Where Does Aaron Rodgers Rank?

According to The Wrap, the first five hosts have been ranked by popularity. The site does note that the numbers are a bit skewed due to people’s initial fascination with Jeopardy after Alex Trebek died. For this reason, the first few celebrity hosts have better numbers which have slowly leveled out a bit. 

Coming in as the last-placed host is Dr. Oz, who was on the show from March 22 until April 2. His average rating is 5.1.

Katie Couric claims fourth place. She took the podium from March 8 until March 19. Her average rating is 5.5.

Next, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes the middle spot a third. We are curious how he would have ranked if he hosted earlier in the year. After working from April 5 until April 16, his average rating was 5.6 after the first week. 

In second is executive producer Mike Richards with an average rating of 5.9. Jeopardy welcomed him to the stage from February 22 until March 5. 

Finally, the game shows sweetheart himself, Ken Jenning tops the list at number one. Jennings was the first host the show took on after Trebek’s death from January 4 until February 19. His average rating is a 6. 

We can’t wait to see how Anderson Cooper ranks in the bunch.