Professional sports gambler James Holzhauer crossed the $1 million mark on CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! on Tuesday, when he won $118,816 to bring his total winnings across 14 games to $1,061,554.
Holzhauer is now only the second person in the show’s 35-plus year history to win more than $1 million in regular season play. The only other contestant to surpass that amount is Ken Jennings, who still holds the record for longest winning streak in the show’s history with 74 straight wins, yielding him a total of $2,520,700.
With 14 straight wins, Holzhauer is now fourth on Jeopardy!’s all-time consecutive wins list, following Jennings, Julia Collins with 20 and David Madden with 19.
Beyond building his bank account, Holzhauer’s streak is also bolstering Jeopardy!’s ratings. In the week ended April 14, Jeopardy!, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, moved up 5% to lead the games with a 6.4 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s second only to CBS Television’s Distribution’s Judge Judy in syndication’s overall household ratings.
Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.
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