'Jeopardy!' Guest Hosts Ranked by Ratings: From Ken Jennings to Sanjay Gupta (Photos)

Dr. Gupta’s summer start fares worse than CNN colleague Anderson Cooper


“Jeopardy!” just hasn’t been the same since Alex Trebek’s final episodes — and neither have its ratings. OK, so that’s a little unfair. The “Jeopardy!” ratings were of course boosted by interest in seeing Trebek off. And they stayed high due to the intrigue of seeing someone other than Trebek — initially, legendary champion Ken Jennings — host the popular quiz program.While the Nielsen numbers for the Sony Television game show have since tapered off a bit from there, “Jeopardy!” has still topped all other syndicated series most weeks since Trebek’s final bow.

TheWrap has ranked all the “Jeopardy!” guest hosts by their average rating.

This, too, is a bit unfair, as the highest ratings of 2021 were all pretty frontloaded for the first guys. Again, that’s just the nature of public fascination after Trebek iconically hosted the show for 36 years.

Rank: 10 (tie)
Host: Savannah Guthrie
Dates: June 14, 2021 – June 25, 2021
Average Rating: 4.8

Rank: 10 (tie)
Host: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dates: June 28, 2021 – July 9, 2021
Average Rating: 4.8

Rank: 9
Host: Anderson Cooper
Dates: April 19, 2021 – April 30, 2021
Average Rating: 5.0

Rank: 6 (tie)  
Host: Mayim Bialik
Dates: May 31, 2021 – June 11, 2021
Average Rating: 5.1 

Rank: 6 (tie)
Host: Dr. Oz
Dates: March 22, 2021 – April 2, 2021
Average Rating: 5.1

Rank: 6 (tie)
Host: Buzzy Cohen
Dates: May 17, 2021 – May 28, 2021 (2021 Tournament of Champions)
Average Rating: 5.1

Rank: 5
Host: Bill Whitaker
Dates: May 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021
Average Rating: 5.2

Rank: 4
Host: Katie Couric
Dates: March 8, 2021 – March 19, 2021
Average Rating: 5.5

Rank: 3
Host: Aaron Rodgers
Dates: April 5, 2021 – April 16, 2021
Average Rating: 5.6

Rank: 2
Host: Mike Richards
Dates: Feb. 22, 2021 – March 5, 2021
Average Rating: 5.9

Rank: 1
Host: Ken Jennings
Dates: Jan. 11, 2021 – Feb. 19, 2021
Average Rating: 6.0

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