Scores for the opening week of Jeopardy!‘s 2021-22 season — and the one week with Mike Richards as host — had been up a bit from the identical week a yr in the past.
Richards, the previous government producer of the syndicated sport present, presided over the opening week of reveals. He was pushed out of the position after The Ringer‘s Claire McNear surfaced crude and sexist feedback he made on a podcast throughout his tenure at The Value Is Proper. Jeopardy! producer Sony Footage TV briefly saved Richards on as government producer earlier than relieving him of these duties 11 days later.
Jeopardy! averaged 8.38 million viewers and a 5.1 family score for the week of Sept. 13, Richards’ solely week because the full-time host. That’s up barely from the comparable week in 2020, which drew 8.15 million viewers and a 5.0 family score. Jeopardy! was the No. 2 present in syndication behind Household Feud (8.43 million viewers and 5.1 in households).
The beginning of the season additionally featured the persevering with of a profitable streak by Matt Amodio, which as of Monday stands at 29 video games. It’s the longest such streak since James Holzhauer received 32 consecutive video games in 2019 (amassing a a lot larger money complete than Amodio has up to now).
Mayim Bialik — who was named as host of Jeopardy! primetime specials when Richards was tabbed as host of the syndicated present — and all-time champ Ken Jennings will rotate as hosts of the present by the rest of 2021 as their schedules permit.