Compared to his debut week that started Jan. 11, Jennings’ second week on the long-running quiz show slipped 5% in ratings, according to The Wrap. The dip didn’t make too much of a difference, though, as “Jeopardy!” still finished No. 1 in syndication for the week ending Jan. 24.
But shows like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Family Feud” are moving closer to the No. 1 spot as the “Jeopardy!” ratings settle, The Wrap reported.
In his first game behind the “Jeopardy!” host lectern, Jennings drew in 11.3 million viewers. His entire debut week hosting “Jeopardy!” brought in an average 10.3 million viewers — second this season only to Alex Trebek’s final week as host, which averaged 11.1 million viewers, according to the Deseret News.
During his stint as host, Jennings has won many fans over, paying tribute to late host Trebek each night with the special sign-off, “Thank you, Alex.”
Unless “Jeopardy!” ends up snagging Jennings as the official host, the “Greatest of All Time” champion will sign off for the final time on Friday, Feb. 19, according to the Deseret News. From there, Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, will fill in for two weeks.
A stint of celebrity guest hosts will then have their own turns behind the “Jeopardy!” lectern — something that will likely give the quiz show a ratings boost.
That list includes Journalist Katie Couric, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“Jeopardy!” is not naming an official host at this time. The show likely won’t name a permanent new host before spring, according to the Deseret News.