Boettcher’s Win Keeps ‘Jeopardy’ On Top

In the week ending June 9, Jeopardy averaged a strong 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating thanks to a whopping 9.0 for the Holzhauer swan song June 3, and outperformed its competition for the 10th consecutive frame.

A big tune-in for the shocking defeat of super-contestant James Holzhauer after 32 straight wins lifted Jeopardy to a convincing first-place finish in the game show race for the session ending June 9.

Despite a 14% decline from the prior week, Jeopardy still averaged a strong 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating thanks to a whopping 9.0 for the Holzhauer swan song June 3, and outperformed its competition for the 10th consecutive frame.

Family Feud was a solid second steady 6.1, while Wheel of Fortune slid 3% to a 5.7.

Holzhauer, who had seemed poised to break Ken Jenning’s all-time cash-winning record of $2.52 million, fell short by about $58,000 when he was upset by Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago.

Elsewhere in access, magazines ran into tough competition from Games 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals and Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Championship.

Inside Edition was the sole show to move up week to week, adding 4% to a 2.7. However, year-to-year among the top-tier shows only TMZ and Access were able to hold 100% of their ratings and resist any losses, clocking a 1.2 and a 1.1, respectively.


Syndication’s No. 1 show of the season, Judge Judy, held steady at a 6.5 and dominated the court shows for the 1,185th week in a row, despite being in repeats for part of the session.

Dr. Phil, in reruns on all five days, held firm at a 2.4 and continued to rule the talkers in the household ratings for the 144th straight week.

Live with Kelly and Ryan held its ground at a 2.1 and elbowed Ellen DeGeneres aside for the 15th week in a row, although Ellen made it close, rallying 12% to a 1.9.

Others in the top five were Maury, which was minus 8% to a new season-low 1.2, followed by Steve Harvey’s Steve, which was partly in repeats but still hung tough at a 1.1. And at No. 6, Wendy Williams was down after airing all reruns due to World Cup coverage on Fox, its primary station group.

Talk show hopeful RuPaul averaged a weighted 0.5 rating/1 share in seven metered markets, down 17% from both lead-ins and year-ago time periods, in the first week of a three-week test.

Back in the nationals, true crime mainstay Dateline held on to all of its prior week’s 30% increase and led the genre for the 39th straight week with a 1.3.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, +11%)
  • Dr. Phil (0.9, unchanged from the week before)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, +14%)
  • Maury (0.7, -13%)
  • Steve (0.5, unchanged), tied with Wendy Williams (0.5, -29%), and Steve Wilkos (0.5, -17%)

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) 2.4 NC

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.9 +12%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2** -8%

Steve (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.0** -23%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0** -9%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.9** -10%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5** -17%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.7 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5 NC

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 -5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 -10%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 -14%


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 -14%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 0.9 -18%

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 -10%


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 +4%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.5 NC


Access (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 -10%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 NC

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.6 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 -33%


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.1 -2%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.2 +5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.7 -6%

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 +8%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.0 -6%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.6 +14%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.3 -13%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.3 -32%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%

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