'Jeopardy!' Guest Hosts' Ratings: Joe Buck Jumps to a 13-Week High
Ken Jennings still tops
CBS Media Ventures's Jeopardy! has had a string of guest hosts this year since the death of Alex Trebek in November.
The show’s ratings started out on top at 6.2 when Ken Jennings began his six-week guest hosting stint in the week ended Jan. 17. But since Jennings’ start the long-running game show has had a bumpy ride, bottoming out at a 4.4 with LeVar Burton at the podium in the week ended Aug. 1. Burton's stint, though, was heavily impacted by the Tokyo Olympics, which pounded most syndies in the frame.
Jeopardy! has since rebounded: first with CNBC's David Faber earning a 4.5 in the week ended Aug. 8, and then second with Fox Sports' Joe Buck nabbing a 5.2 in the week ended Aug. 15. Buck's rating marked a 13-week high for the game show and a 16% jump over the previous week.
Before Burton and Faber, the game show's lowest rating came in at a 4.7 with Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Robin Roberts each earning that number during their respective turns at the podium.
Find out how the guest hosts (so far) stack up below. The most recent ratings are for the week ended Aug. 15 and are based on live plus same day national household ratings from Nielsen Media Research. It's also important to note that ratings are affected by more than the guest host. Preemptions, the Tokyo Olympics, and the slow summer season, for example, all have an impact.
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|Week Ended||Guest Host||Rating|
|Jan. 17||Ken Jennings||6.1|
|Jan. 24||Ken Jennings||5.9|
|Jan. 31||Ken Jennings||6|
|Feb. 7||Ken Jennings||6.1|
|Feb. 14||Ken Jennings||5.8|
|Feb. 21||Ken Jennings||6.1|
|Feb. 28||Mike Richards||5.9|
|March 7||Mike Richards||5.9|
|March 14||Katie Couric||5.6|
|March 21||Katie Couric||5.3|
|March 28||Dr. Mehmet Oz||5.2|
|April 4||Dr. Mehmet Oz||4.9|
|April 11||Aaron Rodgers||5.6|
|April 18||Aaron Rodgers||5.5|
|April 25||Anderson Cooper||5.1|
|May 2||Anderson Cooper||4.8|
|May 9||Bill Whitaker||5.2|
|May 16||Bill Whitaker||5.2|
|May 23||Buzzy Cohen||5.1|
|May 30||Buzzy Cohen||5.1|
|June 6||Mayim Bialik||4.9|
|June 13||Mayim Bialik||5.1|
|June 20||Savannah Guthrie||4.7|
|June 27||Savannah Guthrie||4.9|
|July 4||Dr. Sanjay Gupta||4.9|
|July 11||Dr. Sanjay Gupta||4.7|
|July 18||George Stephanopoulos||4.8|
|July 25||Robin Roberts||4.7|
|Aug. 1||LeVar Burton||4.4|
|Aug. 8||David Faber||4.5|
|Aug. 15||Joe Buck||5.2|
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