‘Jeopardy!’: Ranking Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings and Every Guest Host So Far by TV Ratings

by Halle Ames

Today we break down each “Jeopardy!” guest host thus far by TV rating during their appearance. Who is most likely to get offered the permanent position?

Since Alex Trebek’s unfortunate death in November of 2020, after a nearly 18 month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, the popular game show has desperately been trying to find itself a replacement host.

Jeopardy has asked the biggest names in broadcast, sports, and film to try their hand at hosting in the hopes that one finds a permanent place on the show.

With the star-studded list of A-list celebrities that have already taken their spot behind the podium, as of right now, who is most likely to get offered the permanent position, and who is left out in the cold? Also, the rankings are based on TV ratings.

Take into Account…

We should note that after Alex Trebek’s death, many fans tuned in to see how the show would fare without their beloved host. Furthermore, this has kind of skewed the ratings, as many fans have faded off after all these months and hosts.

According to MSN, the Nielsen numbers for “Jeopardy!” have since leveled out a bit. However, the popular game show has still topped all similar programs most weeks since Trebek’s final bow.

In addition, this ranking does not yet count Savannah Guthrie into the running since her “Jeopardy!” hosting stint began two days ago. She will be featured on the show until June 25.

Ranking ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosts

Here is the list, from lowest rating to highest, of the “Jeopardy!” hosts thus far.

Coming in at number nine is Mayim Bialik. The actress and neuroscientist was only halfway through her hosting gig when these numbers came in, so she could have climbed the rankings a bit since then. However, for the time being, she is at number nine with an average rating of 4.9.

Next, we have Anderson Cooper. The TV personality hosted the show from April 19 until the 30. He has an average rating of 5.0.

Tied for number six are Dr. Mehmet Oz and Buzzy Cohen. Dr. Oz was featured on “Jeopardy!” from March 22 until April 2. Both hosts’ average rating was 5.1. However, Buzzy Cohen made his appearance from May 17 until May 28 for the highly anticipated 2021 Tournament of Champions.

In fifth place is CBS journalist Bill Whitaker. With a rating of 5.2, he took his place behind the “Jeopardy!” podium from May 3 until May 7.

Fourth place goes to the first lady on the “Jeopardy!” stage, Katie Couric. She clocks in with a rating of 5.5. Back in March, “Jeopardy!” requested Couric to try her hand as host. The “Today” journalist was obviously a natural.

Top Three Talent

Next, we have the only athlete to take the stage, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Jeopardy!” had Rodgers on the show from April 5 until April 16. His rating was 5.6.

In second place, we have the second person to serve as the Jeopardy host, Mike Richards. Although he was originally a fill-in, the fans loved him for his meaningful tribute to Alex Trebek. He bumped up the rating to a 5.9 and was featured from February 22 until March 5.

Finally, in first place, we have the beloved former “Jeopardy!” champion, Ken Jennings. Jennings is like the “Jeopardy!” sweetheart, winning 74 games during his reign as a contestant. He was the first person asked to replace Trebek after his death, from January 4 until February 19. Jennings has an average rating of 6.

However, with so many notable names to go, who knows who will be crowned the best “Jeopardy!” host.