Jeopardy! continues to check out visitor hosts to fill the void left by the late Alex Trebek. While every visitor host’s viewership received’t be the one consider naming Trebek’s successor, it’ll undoubtedly be a part of the dialog.
This week, The Wrap ranked every Jeopardy! visitor host by their common TV ranking:
10 (tie). Savannah Guthrie, common ranking: 4.8 (June 14 – June 25)
10 (tie): Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 4.8 (June 28 – July 9)
9. Anderson Cooper, 5.0 (April 19 – April 30)
6 (tie). Mayim Bialik, 5.1 (May 31 – June 11)
6 (tie). Dr. Oz, 5.1 (March 22 – April 2)
6 (tie). Buzzy Cohen, 5.1 (May 17 – May 28)
5. Bill Whitaker, 5.2 (May 3 – May 7)
4. Katie Couric, 5.5 (March 8 – March 19)
3. Aaron Rodgers, 5.6 (April 5 – April 16)
2. Mike Richards, 5.9 (February 22 – March 5)
1. Ken Jennings, 6.0 (January 11 – February 19)
Keep in thoughts, the viewers’ preliminary curiosity within the tryouts boosted the present’s scores early on. But as anticipated, Jeopardy!’s numbers tapered off from there. Jennings and Richards had benefits Guthrie and Gupta didn’t.
That mentioned, media circles have considered Jennings as one of many frontrunners from the beginning. Jennings is conversant in the viewers, and so they know what to anticipate from him. Jeopardy! viewers aren’t in search of a shock.
Though as an off-the-cuff Jeopardy! viewer, I discover Aaron Rodgers to be an interesting possibility. Forget that he’s among the best QBs of all time. Rodgers is a life-long Jeopardy! fan, and his unusual, witty character offers the present a spark. Moreover, Rodgers was spectacular on stage in March.
It’s not clear whether or not every host was actually auditioning within the minds of decision-makers. I discover it arduous to view present TV hosts like Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper, or Dr. Oz as life like candidates.
Jeopardy! will shut out its season with LeVar Burton (July 26 to the 30), David Faber (August 2 to six), and Joe Buck (August 9 to the 13).
It’s value watching the function that social media performs in Jeopardy!’s determination. Twitter has had such an influence on TV decision-making over the previous 5 years. You can guide that Twitter will cheer LeVar Burton and make Joe Buck development negatively.
Then there’s the query of how excessive profile the job is. Though the present is historic and a behavior for viewers throughout the nation, there’s an outdated saying that it’s higher to exchange the man who changed the man than to exchange the man. Alex Trebek will all the time be “the guy.”
Stepping in Trebek’s footwear comes with strain and unreasonable expectations. At finest, Trebek’s successor can maintain onto most of Jeopardy!‘s viewers. At worst, it’ll be like attempting to exchange Howard Stern. It simply can’t be achieved.
While I’ve lengthy been a excessive danger/excessive rewards man, on this case, Jeopardy! is best off going with the certain factor. That is Ken Jennings.