James Holzhauer’s ‘Jeopardy’ Streak Lifts Game Show to 14-Year Ratings High

Game show closes out the first week of May sweeps in the top position

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James Holzhauer’s “Jeopardy!” hot streak continues to be a boon for the show.

The contestant’s most recent set of games, which aired across the first week of May, pulled the long-running game show to its best ratings since in 14 years. “Jeopardy!” pulled an 8.3 rating for the week ending May 5, according to Nielsen.

That number marks an 11% growth over the previous week’s four-year high and the show’s best showing since the week of March 6, 2005.

Holzhauer has amassed a total of nearly $1.7 million over his 22-game winning streak. Only “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings — who won 74 games back in 2004 — has won more in regular play. He is next set to compete on the show’s May 20 episode.

“Wheel of Fortune,” which follows or leads into “Jeopardy!” in a number of markets, also received a boost from Holzhauer’s run. The show’s 6.4 rating across the same window marked a 10% week-over-week increase. “Judge Judy” finished up 3% with a 7.2 rating, ending the week second only to “Jeopardy!”

Elsewhere in syndicated ratings, “Dr. Phil” was the most popular talk show with a 2.9 rating, followed by “Live With Kelly and Ryan” with a 2.1 and “Ellen” with a 2.0.