‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Asks Fans if It’s ‘Normal’ That He Has Breakdowns of Local Movie Theaters

by Matthew Memrick
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A simple question about movie theater seating asked by “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings turned into some late-night fun for fans.

A comic book fan and self-described movie buff, Jennings asked a nerdy question about favorite seats in movie theaters.

One Twitter user shot back: “Do you mean normal normal or sociopath normal?”

Some said they had considered the former “Jeopardy!” contestant’s plan. Others wanted to probe further.

Jennings Has a Tweeting History About Movies

The “Jeopardy!” legend loves to go to the movies. In 2018, he joked about his wife getting her “first” movie drink.

In 2016, he joked about a town having older moviegoers with a photo of two movies with older stars in the lead roles.

According to IMDB.com, Jennings said his top three movies are “Pulp Fiction,” “Red,” and “Quiz Show.” He offered those films on his defunct Ken’s Top 2000 Favorite Movies Page. All the movies are from 1994.

In a 2007 story, Jennings compiled his top 10 Criterion movies. He led the list with Charles Laughton’s Christmas movie “The Night Of The Hunter.” He went on to say that “If you’re only going to make one movie in your lifetime like actor Charles Laughton did with this creepy Southern Gothic fable in 1955, why not make the best movie ever?” 

Where Are the Best Seats, ‘Jeopardy!’ Guy?

Groupon.com interviewed Music Box Theatre technical director Julian Antos in 2019. Antos described the best seats based on theater design. 

Antos said the best row was the center row and the four rows behind it. He clarified that you would be one-half to two-thirds back from the screen. 

What were the best seats in that row? Antos explained they were in the center with three seats to the left and right of those posh ones. 

Many wondered if Jennings would give out his preferred answer. Maybe he could go back and answer it in the form of a question.

‘Jeopardy!’ Jennings Got Higher Ratings Than Richards

Ken Jennings was the first host in the “Jeopardy!” search for a permanent host after longtime hosting legend Alex Trebek’s death.

Jennings, a consulting producer on the gameshow, led the pool of 15 guest hosts over eight months. He averaged a 6.0 Nielsen rating from Jan. 11 to Feb. 19.

Jennings holds the record for longest winning streak on “Jeopardy!” with 74 straight wins.  

Executive producer and now “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards followed Jennings with a 5.9 Nielsen rating. After the Richards pick, Pa Jennings joined another game show legend, James Holzhauer, to share their disappointment.

Richards’s first show will air on Sept. 13, with recent phenom and Harvard PH.D. student Matt Amodio still appearing. Amodio has won $574,801 during an 18-game win streak. 

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