'Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time' Tops 15 Million Viewers on Night 3

Primetime tournament grows overall audience, but ticks down another one-tenth of a Nielsen point in key demo ratings

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Answer: This primetime special topped 15 million viewers on Thursday. Question: What is ABC’s “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time?”

“Jeopardy: GOAT” grew its overall audience again on Night 3. The tournament ticked down another one-tenth of a Nielsen ratings point in total viewers, however.

No worries, ABC still handily won the night, more than doubling its closest competition in both metrics.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Jeopardy” special at 8 p.m. posted a 2.2 rating and 15.4 million viewers. “Truth & Lies: The Jeffrey Epstein Story” from 9 to 11 averaged a 1.1 and 6.2 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 0.7 and third in viewers with 4.2 million. Two “Last Man Standing” episodes in a row in the 8 o’clock hour received 0.8s and averages of 4.4 million viewers. “Deputy” at 9 got a 0.7 and 4 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6. CBS was second in viewers with 4.9 million, NBC was fourth with 2.7 million.

More to come…

8 Weirdest, Most Outrageous TV Game Show Moments (Videos)

  • James Holzhauer lost his 33rd game of “Jeopardy!” after wagering an uncharacteristically modest $1,399 in his final “Final Jeopardy” round on June 3. He was expected to beat Ken Jennings’ all-time highest winnings record of $2.5 million that day, but lost in a shocking turn of events to opponent Emma Boettcher. Holzhauer, a professional gambler, explained why he bet so low, telling The Action Network, “I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet. So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out.”
  • Bob Barker Is a True Professional, Exhibit A: The host dealt with a dopey “Price Is Right” contestant who prematurely reveals the correct answer.
  • It’s rare but not unheard of for “Jeopardy!” episodes to end with all three contestants going all in on Final Jeopardy and losing. Here’s the most recent example of such a humiliating triple defeat from January 2016.
  • You could always count on “Match Game” for some wild times, and one of the highlights was when host Gene Rayburn attacked the cameraman for not allowing Charles Nelson Reilly to prep off-camera for his (admittedly off-color) visual gag.
  • Bob Barker Is a True Professional, Exhibit B: The host dealt with a game of Ten Chances that gave away all the answers.
  • Meet Leonard Cooper, 2013 “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament Champion and author of one of the greatest victory declarations in game show history.
  • Arguably the raunchiest answer in game show history came on a 1977 episode of “The Newlywed Game,” which has since become an urban legend.
  • Here is the raw footage from Whoopi Goldberg’s last episode of “Hollywood Squares,” featuring all the NSFW stuff that gets cut out of what you see on TV.

Sometimes, game shows are at their best when things don’t go according to plan

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