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Tags: Hollywood | jeopardy! | anderson cooper | alex trebek | ratings

'Jeopardy!' Ratings Drop After Anderson Cooper's Guest Host Debut

'Jeopardy!' Ratings Drop After Anderson Cooper's Guest Host Debut
Anderson Cooper attends "The Inheritance" Opening Night at the Barrymore Theatre on Nov. 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 May 2021 12:30 PM

Anderson Cooper's debut as guest host for "Jeopardy!" has flopped. 

Ratings fell by 7% to 5.1 during the CNN host's first week, making it the lowest debut for any of the game show's guest hosts, The Wrap reported. 

Interim guests have been stepping in to fill the role of late iconic host Alex Trebek until a permanent host is found. Trebek died in November at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

"Jeopardy!" has been able to retain the top game show spot since, but lost its position with Cooper's 5.1 rating, putting it behind "Family Feud."

Dr. Oz was previously the lowest-rated guest host with a 5.2 score. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, drew a 5.6 rating during his first week, but the score dropped to a 5.5 the following week. Currently, the highest-rated guest host is Ken Jennings, who was the first to step in for Trebek. He landed a 6.2 rating in his first week. 

Jennings has appeared as a contestant on "Jeopardy!" over 100 times. He opened the stage during his debut as guest host with a tribute to Trebek.

"Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life. Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close. We were dazzled by his intelligence, charm, and grace," Jennings said, according to Yahoo! Entertainment.

"Like all 'Jeopardy!' fans, I miss Alex very much and I thank him for everything he did for all of us," he continued. "Let’s be totally clear: No one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek. But we can honor him by playing the game he loved."

Actor LeVar Burton was the most recent guest host to be announced. Supporters have been petitioning for the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star to join the list and last month their wish was granted. 

"LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds," the Change.org petition, which garnered over 200,000 signatures, read. "This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we'd all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!"

In an email, a spokeswoman for Burton said he believes the petition drive and his social media interactions with fans were factors in the invitation for him to be a guest host.

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Anderson Cooper's debut as guest host for "Jeopardy!" has flopped. Ratings fell by 7% to 5.1 during the CNN host's first week, making it the lowest debut...
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