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'Jeopardy!' Guest Hosts' Ratings: Joe Buck Jumps to a 13-Week High

Joe Buck guest hosting 'Jeopardy!'
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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.

Also Read: New 'Jeopardy!' Host Mike Richards Steps Down After Just 9 Days

'Jeopardy!' Guest Host Ratings
Week EndedGuest HostRating
Jan. 17Ken Jennings6.1
Jan. 24Ken Jennings5.9
Jan. 31Ken Jennings6
Feb. 7Ken Jennings6.1
Feb. 14Ken Jennings5.8
Feb. 21Ken Jennings6.1
Feb. 28Mike Richards5.9
March 7Mike Richards5.9
March 14Katie Couric5.6
March 21Katie Couric5.3
March 28Dr. Mehmet Oz5.2
April 4Dr. Mehmet Oz4.9
April 11Aaron Rodgers5.6
April 18Aaron Rodgers5.5
April 25Anderson Cooper5.1
May 2Anderson Cooper4.8
May 9Bill Whitaker5.2
May 16Bill Whitaker5.2
May 23Buzzy Cohen5.1
May 30Buzzy Cohen5.1
June 6Mayim Bialik4.9
June 13Mayim Bialik5.1
June 20Savannah Guthrie4.7
June 27Savannah Guthrie4.9
July 4Dr. Sanjay Gupta4.9
July 11Dr. Sanjay Gupta4.7
July 18George Stephanopoulos4.8
July 25Robin Roberts4.7
Aug. 1LeVar Burton4.4
Aug. 8David Faber4.5
Aug. 15Joe Buck5.2

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