“Jeopardy!” ratings have slipped for yet one more week — 2% extra below Dr. Oz’s stint as visitor host.
It was reported in late March that ratings had fallen 5% below Katie Couric’s second week on the helm, putting the present beneath “Household Feud” in family syndication ratings.
Now, as the sport present rolls into its second week with Dr. Mehmet Oz on the podium, its rating has fallen to five.2 on the ratings scale, in comparison with “Household Feud,” which is now at 5.4 for the week ending March 28. (Granted, CBS’ protection of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match has hampered the syndication throughout the board.)
This is the bottom “Jeopardy!” ratings have fallen since January, in line with the Wrap, simply earlier than Alex Trebek’s remaining episodes — taped earlier than his loss of life in November 2020. Ratings throughout these previous few weeks mirrored a few of the highest the present sees in a season at 6.6. His remaining episode on January eight garnered 14 thousands and thousands viewers — their largest viewers in over a yr.
Whereas it’s no shock that the present slate of visitor hosts don’t maintain a candle to the present’s beloved late questionmaster, a cohort of demoralized former contestants and followers have come for Dr. Oz, specifically, for besmirching the present’s good identify — given his alleged popularity for touting pseudo-science on his daytime well being discuss present.
As a rotating forged of celeb visitor hosts proceed to play out, together with footballer Aaron Rodgers, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and “Large Bang Concept” actor Mayim Bialik, followers are in the meantime petitioning for their favourite to switch Trebek as host of America’s Favourite Quiz Present.
The extremely certified Ken Jennings has been a identify on the lips of many former gamers, who maintain the 74-episode champion in excessive regard.
One other scorching contender: LeVar Burton. The 64-year-old actor and literacy activist has lately turn into the topic of a petition on Change.org that urges “Jeopardy!” producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman to supply Burton the gig. Now, greater than 165,000 have signed the petition — the previous “Studying Rainbow” host amongst them.
On Monday, Burton tweeted, “Leaving this right here within the occasion that the powers that be are listening,” alongside a hyperlink to the petition, which has been making its rounds on the net for months, however solely lately gained traction through the previous few weeks because the present ramps up vetting replacements.