‘Jeopardy!’ With Ken Jennings: TV Ratings Are Slipping

by Kayla Zadel

Viewership is declining on “Jeopardy!” with Ken Jennings at the podium.

Ken Jennings might be the first guest host of the game show since the passing of Alex Trebek, but his time during Week 2 saw a decrease in ratings.

According to The Wrap, “Jeopardy!”‘s rating slipped by 5% from Week 1 in the Nielsen ratings. However, the retention rate remained steady.

How Other Game Shows Stack Up Against ‘Jeopardy!”

It’s the Sony quiz show that still claims the No. 1 spot in syndication for the week ending Jan. 24, 2021.

The drop in “Jeopardy!” rating leaves room for “Wheel of Fortune” and “Family Feud” to close the gap. The Pat Sajak hosted game show drew a 5.7 rating and Steve Harvey’s guessing game show had a 5.6 in the same week.

During the second-to-last week of January, “Judge Judy” was close behind her game show competitors with an average 5.1 rating. Furthermore, “Live With Kelly & Ryan” remained first in the talk show category.

Alex Trebek’s Final Episode Airs, Success in Ratings

The sad end of the Alex Trebek “Jeopardy!” hosting era came to an end last month. Trebek’s final episode aired on Jan. 8. It drew in the show’s most viewers, 14 million, in 419 days.

In Nielsen’s measuring terms, Trebek’s final week of “Jeopardy!” episodes averaged a 6.6 rating. As a result, the show was up 29% from the previous week.

The one and only “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek passed away Nov. 8 after a long and public battle with cancer.

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the show’s website posted that day.

‘Jeopardy!’ Set to Have Several Guest Hosts

As the search for a permanent game show host continues, producers have a star-studded list of guest hosts lined up.

Ken Jennings has been the first person to step in since the death of the one-and-only “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek. Jennings is very familiar with the popular show. He is the winningest contestant in a regular-season on the game show. Before he stepped into the guest-hosting role, Jennings was serving as a consulting producer for “Jeopardy!”

Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is also on the list to join the show. He’s not only talented on the field, but he also has some smarts. Rodgers is actually a “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champion.

Veteran journalist Katie Couric will be the first woman to host the show. And the second is going to be the “Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik. She says “it’s a dream come true.”

Rounding out the star-studded list is award-winning journalist Bill Whitaker. He has spent four decades covering news stories around the world for CBS News.