James Holzhauer’s “Jeopardy!” winning streak came to an end last night, but the game show’s ratings bump lives on.
Monday night’s episode, which ended Holzhauer’s 32-game run and his chances of overtaking Ken Jennings’ record, came in as the highest-rated episode of “Jeopardy!” in 14 years, according to Nielsen.
With a 10.1 rating overall and a 2.2 among adults under 50, the show also bested every program in broadcast primetime last night. In the demo, “Jeopardy!” beat Monday night’s highest-rated broadcast show, ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” by more than double.
Holzhauer cemented himself in the “Jeopardy!” record books with winnings totaling $2,462,216 over 32 games, setting several single-game winnings records along the way.
Prior to his loss to Emma Boettcher in Monday night’s Final Jeopardy round, Holzhauer was just $58,485 shy of Jennings’ record total of $2,520,700 over 74 games in 2004.
Turns out, Holzhauer missed out on beating Jennings in one other respect, too. That episode 14 years ago that rated higher than Holzhauer’s? Jennings’ final game from 2004.