Ratings, polling don’t help Aaron Rodgers’ case to host Jeopardy!

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Early last month, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wisely emerged for a media tour aimed at goosing the ratings for his two-week stint as guest host of Jeopardy! If it helped, it didn’t help enough.

Via Sports Business Journal, Rodgers’ ratings during his two-week run trail those generated by Jeopardy! master contestant Ken Jennings and executive producer Mike Richards. Jennings, in a four-week run, averaged more than 10 million viewers per show for three of his six weeks, and between 9.75 million and 9.9 million for the other three. Richards generated 9.895 million viewers for one of his two weeks, and 9.729 million for the other.

Rodgers attracted 9.193 million viewers per show for his first week and 9.081 million viewers per show for his second week.

Katie Couric’s first week drew more viewers than Rodgers’ second week. Others — Dr. Oz, Bill Whitaker, and Anderson Cooper — landed at 8.51 million viewers per show and lower. The lowest week came from Cooper; for April 26 through April 30, Cooper drew an average of 7.75 million viewers.

Also per SBJ, a CivicScience study published this week shows that 22 percent of Jeopardy! fans want Jennings to be the permanent host, and that 16 percent want Rodgers. The other options are “significantly behind.”

Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to secure the job. The numbers don’t favor him. And, to the extent that the powers-that-be at Jeopardy! are watching his ongoing squabble with Green Bay management, they may not want to find themselves eventually in a similar mess.

Thus, it currently appears that the question that goes with Aaron Rodgers as the successor to Alex Trebek quite likely will be be What is no?

45 responses to “Ratings, polling don’t help Aaron Rodgers’ case to host Jeopardy!

  1. Interesting. Pretty close numbers. I’m sure there are other favors such as who went first as a guest host and what else was going on…. I’d call it a decent showing for him. Especially due to actual feedback as opposed to Neilson.

  2. Rodgers has no likability or charisma. He thinks everyone likes him but that’s because he’s full of himself.

  3. Rodgers was good but he wasn’t the GOAT like Jennings.

    Kind of like football where he is good but he is not the GOAT like Brady.

  4. I’m guessing that Levar Burton will win the audition out of the list of announced guest hosts.

  5. Ken Jennings should really get the job. He is the GOAT of trivia shows and has a ton of charisma on the show. As cool as it would be to see a legendary football player like Rodgers host, Ken has earned it.

  6. Category best career decision. Answer, stick with football. Question, what career path should Aaron Rogers follow?

  7. Aaron Rodgers is in a midlife crisis and knows he’s going to disappear quickly as he gets older. Just seems older Players especially QB’s have there best season right before it all comes to an end and starts to go downhill. If he isn’t a top 3 QB with his personality I don’t see him being needed at all for anything.

  8. As A Lions fan I was so happy when Brett Favre left the Pack, and I remember watching Aarons first game on Monday night Football, I think he threw two picks and had a touchdown and i was like ok this is good hes not great. I was wrong, but that was a long time ago Ill be pssed if Jordan Love is the next great QB. I dont really see it but it’s what the Packers have done to the Lions.

  9. As a long time Packers fan – and having watched AR and others – except Katie . I still like Bill Whitaker the best. Now Jennings is definitely the most worthy as far as being the GOAT of Jeopardy – but the show will probably only go on for a few years and then tail off – so I would pick Bill and he can do both his regular job and the game show.

  10. lionsnati0n says:
    May 27, 2021 at 8:48 pm
    As A Lions fan I was so happy when Brett Favre left the Pack, and I remember watching Aarons first game on Monday night Football, I think he threw two picks and had a touchdown and i was like ok this is good hes not great. I was wrong, but that was a long time ago Ill be pssed if Jordan Love is the next great QB. I dont really see it but it’s what the Packers have done to the Lions.
    ____________

    As a fan of a non-NFC North team, I would be happy to see the Lions win a playoff game, the Bears find their franchise QB, and the Packers return to where they were in the 70s and 80s. And even if the Vikings win a Super Bowl, at least it will be fun to watch them rub it in Packers fans faces.

  11. The Aaron Rodgers Beautiful Mystery Tour took care of him as a legitimate Jeopardy host candidate.

  12. He has no chance. The producer who had to do it on a lark was the best of all of them. He really did a fantastic job and he was just a fill in. So Rodgers gets to follow Jennings and the producer, no wonder he looked just average.

  13. Rodgers is too much of a diva. Why would the producers of Jeopardy want that headache? I’m a Packers fan and I’m sick of the guy.

  14. Lifelong Jeopardy watcher here.

    Jennings or Richards (exec producer) are my 2 favorites so far. Especially Ken Jennings, who knows this game better than anyone from the other side of the podiums could. And he’s nice and engagin.

    Rogers doesn’t have much of a personality. Comes off as smug, IMO.

  15. I didn’t really see anything special about Rodgers on the few episodes I watched. He seemed stiff and acted a bit uncomfortable. But so did most of the other fill-in hosts. The only advantage he has going for him is his name.

  16. I guess the 9,000,000 Packer fan audience for Aaron’s Jeopardy tryout just wasn’t enough to put him over the top.

    The rest of the country doesn’t care about “Mr. Rodgers”.

  17. Category: Runaway egos.

    For $1,000, which NFL QB thinks he runs the team and demands they bend to his every whim?

    Tune in to your local Jeopardy station.

  18. He’s provides a tad too much of an awkward feeling to land that gig.

  19. I like Buzzy.
    That being said, I also like the idea of a rotation- Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Bill Whitaker, and Buzzy Cohen for 3 weeks each, a “wild card” 3 weeks of a popular sports figure/celebrity…then repeat. But not Aaron Rodgers, he’s damaged himself.

  20. Even if Jeopardy picked Rodgers to be host of the show, he’d become disgruntled in 3 months about his contract and threaten to sit out of future episode tapings. Watch out for this one!!

  21. Ken Jennings probably is and should be the front runner. But, I thought I read that he doesn’t really want to do it, at least not long term. If he doesn’t want it, then wouldn’t Rodgers polling second to Jennings, actually be in Rodgers’ favor?

  22. He did great. He worked and studied hard to honor and be just like Alex Trebek. Commendable, but didn’t show any of his own personality.

  23. What’s weird is that Rodgers didn’t bring any football fans over to the show. You’d think there would be at least a first night bump as people like me who don’t normally watch Jeopardy tuned in to see how he did.

  24. As a GB shareholder (yes, I know that my share is worthless), I’m also sick of Rodgers. I’d love to sit down and have a few beers with Favre. With Rodgers, not so much. And hopefully Jordan Love will join us also.

  25. “Hire Rodgers and you will regret it. Nothing makes him happy.”,That also applies to his love life,Donica found that out and decided enough is enough and his new actress girlfriend will hopefully find it out before she says I do and ends up in divorce court.the guy is undependable.

  26. This was apparently written before Buzzy Cohen got his guest host shot. I was skeptical at first, but he has been very natural, almost like he has been doing this for years. He also has a very pleasant voice and keeps the game moving along. After that I think it’s Mike Richards, the producer, and then Ken Jennings who seemed a little arrogant at times and doesn’t have as pleasing a voice.

  27. mackcarrington says:
    May 27, 2021 at 7:38 pm
    Rodgers has no likability or charisma. He thinks everyone likes him but that’s because he’s full of himself.

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    Well said. Could have closed the comments after this one

  28. Right now I have no clear choice “for” permanent Jeopardy host because we haven’t seen the full roster of guest hosts, but I have a clear “against” concerning Ken Jennings. I never warmed to him when he made his original appearances and found him smug. Maybe Jeopardy lost its mojo when Alex died. They could continue with guest hosts indefinitely as far as I’m concerned. I enjoyed AR during his stint.

  29. who thought he was gonna land the job or was even good to try him out? he has the personally of a wooden plank

  30. Rodgers is simply an unlikable person. Even for football, most people do not like the guy. But outside of football? Even less likable.

  31. It’s amazing to me that a guy *that stiff* in that situation could possibly think he has a chance at the gig.

  32. An egotistical diva who thinks he is gods gift to the Packers

    Who is Aaron Rodgers

  33. AR thinks he is too cool for school. I found his voice tedious and uninspiring. As a performer in an action sport, he needs to remain calm under duress. As a game show host he needed to be more animated. Jennings was fine, but Buzzy Cohen is my current choice.

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