Holzhauer Shoots ‘Jeopardy’ To No. 1 In Games

His single-day victories boosted the game show by 5% to a 6.4 in the week ending April 14, while Judge Judy earned a 6.7, keeping it at the top of the overall syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.

The session ending April 14 was one for the record books. Jeopardy rose 5% from the week before and took over sole possession of first place in the game show race as contestant James Holzhauer set a single-day record for the program, earning $110,914 on April 9.

However, Jeopardy’s 6.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating was no match for even a mostly-rerun week of overall leader Judge Judy, which answered with a 6.7 and ruled the syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.

Next in line behind Judy, which aired repeats on four of the five days, and Jeopardy were Family Feud at a 6.0 and Wheel of Fortune at a 5.9.

Among talkers, Dr. Phil climbed 4% to a four-week high 2.8 while running two days of encore shows and finished first in the category for the 136th week in a row.

Live with Kelly and Ryan eased 4% to a 2.2, but snared second place for a seventh straight week over Ellen DeGeneres, which was unchanged at 1.9.

Wendy Williams returned to originals after a week of reruns and recovered the 27% it had lost in the previous frame, edging into a fourth-place 1.4%, just ahead of Maury and Steve at 1.3 and 1.2, respectively.


Among magazines, Access was up the most in the top seven from last year, 8% to a 1.3 and tying TMZ.

For the week, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition tied for the genre lead at a 2.8, with both dipping 3%.

The recently renewed Daily Mail TV held steady at a 1.0 and moved into a tie with Extra.

Also of note, Dateline grew 8% to a 1.4 and captured the true crime category lead for the 31st consecutive week.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (1.2, +9% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, unchanged)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.9, +13%)
  • Maury (0.7, -13%), tied with Wendy Williams (0.7, +17%)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.6, unchanged)
  • Steve (0.5, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.


Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 +4%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.2 -4%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.9 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.4 +27%

Maury (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

Steve (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 -9%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 -17%

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 NC

Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 +20%


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.7 -1%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.3 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +5%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -3%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 +10%

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 -20%


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 -3%

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 -3%


Access (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 1.0 -9%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 NC

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.6 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.4 NC

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.3 +5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.7 -6%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 -7%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 +10%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.0 -3%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.7 +6%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.4 +17%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.0 -17%

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

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