SYNDICATED PROGRAM 'Jeopardy' ratings take a dive without Mormon millionaire
It turns out that the recent "Jeopardy!" ratings bump had little to do with viewers' rediscovering their love for answers phrased in the form of questions and everything to do with their devotion to a certain geeky Mormon millionaire. In its first week of a summer rerun cycle, "Jeopardy!" saw its viewership plummet.
After four consecutive weeks on top of the syndicated ratings charts, "Jeopardy!" fell to third for the week ending Aug. 1. After pulling in a 9.6 rating and nearly 14.3 million viewers for the week ending July 25, "Jeopardy!" slipped to 6.0 rating and just over 8.6 million viewers.
The week's top two syndicated programs were "Wheel of Fortune," which also took a hit, falling to a 7.3 rating and nearly 10.9 million viewers, and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (6.1 rating, 8.9 million). "Raymond" was one of the few syndicated programs to show improvement over the previous week.
Put on hold
Viewers were, apparently, less interested in repeats of old college tournaments after Jennings' 38-episode run, during which he amassed winnings of $1.3 million. The Jennings streak was put on hold after July 23. "Jeopardy!" and Jennings will return with new episodes starting Sept. 6.
In addition to the repeat factor, the "Jeopardy!" numbers likely suffered from extensive coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which would have preempted the show in many markets.