“Jeopardy!” ratings have slipped for but yet another week — 2% additional beneath Dr. Oz’s stint as customer host.
It was reported in late March that ratings had fallen 5% beneath Katie Couric’s second week on the helm, placing the current below “Family Feud” in household syndication ratings.
Now, as the game current rolls into its second week with Dr. Mehmet Oz on the rostrum, its score has fallen to 5.2 on the score scale, as compared with “Family Feud,” which is now at 5.4 for the week ending March 28. (Granted, CBS’s safety of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has hampered the syndication all through the board.)
This is the underside “Jeopardy!” ratings have fallen since January, in accordance with the Wrap, merely sooner than Alex Trebek’s closing episodes — taped sooner than his lack of life in November 2020. Ratings all through these previous couple of weeks mirrored a variety of the best the current sees in a season at 6.6. His closing episode on January 8 garnered 14 thousand and hundreds of viewers — their largest viewers in over 12 months.
While it’s no shock that the current slate of customer hosts don’t keep a candle to the current’s beloved late query grasp, a cohort of demoralized former contestants and followers have come for Dr. Oz, particularly, for besmirching the current’s good determine — given his alleged reputation for touting pseudo-science on his daytime well-being communicate presently.
As a rotating string of celebrity customer hosts proceed to play out, along with footballer Aaron Rodgers, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and “Big Bang Theory” actor Mayim Bialik, followers are within the meantime petitioning for their favorite to interchange Trebek as host of America’s Favorite Quiz Show.
The extraordinarily licensed Ken Jennings has been an identification on the lips of many former players, who keep the 74-episode champion in extreme regard.
Another scorching contender: LeVar Burton. The 64-year-old actor and literacy activist haven’t too way back-flip into the subject of a petition on Change.org that urges “Jeopardy!” producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman to produce Burton the gig. Now, better than 165,000 have signed the petition — the earlier “Reading Rainbow” host amongst them.
On Monday, Burton tweeted, “Leaving this here in the event that the powers that be are listening,” alongside a hyperlink to the petition, which has been making its rounds on the web for months, nevertheless solely not too way back gained traction in the middle of the last few weeks as a result of the current ramps up vetting replacements.