JEOPARDY! guest host Anderson Cooper brought in the LOWEST ratings since Alex Trebek’s death.
The 53-year-old was even beat out by fellow guest host Dr. Oz.
Anderson Cooper received the lowest ratings as guest host on Jeopardy!Credit: Twitter/Jeopardy
Dr. Oz beat out the CNN anchorCredit: YouTube/Jeopardy
Anderson’s episodes had the lowest viewership since Alex’s deathCredit: AP
The viewership number is the lowest debut for any of the game show’s guest hosts.
The 5.1 rating for Anderson’s first week dropped the game show out of the top ratings spot for the genre, as it fell behind Family Feud with a 5.5 rating.
Anderson’s ratings were just below Dr. Oz’s 5.2 rating for his debut week, which was the previous low among the guest host.
Anderson’s episodes fell 7% to a 5.1 ratingCredit: Twitter/Jeopardy
However, fans praised his hosting role on TwitterCredit: Twitter/Jeopardy
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers started off with a higher 5.6, while his second week drew a 5.5 rating.
The guest host to earn the highest ratings was fan-favorite contestant Ken Jennings, who drew a 6.2 rating in his first week.
Meanwhile, Ken’s second week earned a 5.9 rating.
Despite Anderson’s low ratings, those that did tune into his episodes praised him for his work on the show.
Many viewers agreed that Anderson was their ‘favorite guest host to date’Credit: Twitter/Jeopardy
Dr. Oz received the second lowest ratings among the guest hostsCredit: YouTube/Jeopardy
Many viewers rushed to Twitter to share their appreciation for the journalist, whom they’ve referred to as the “favorite guest host to date.”
“Anyone praising previous guest hosts on @Jeopardy should watch @andersoncooper,” one raved, adding: “His energy, delivery and command comes closest to matching #AlexTrebek.”
Another complimented Anderson’s “nerdy giggle,” while a third wrote graciously: “So far @andersoncooper has been the best guest host @jeopardy has had. I wouldn’t mind if he was selected as the permanent host.”
Despite frequenting the show in the past, Anderson did express his anxiety over stepping into such an important role.
A number of guests hosts have been featured on the show as producers search for Alex’s replacementCredit: NBC
He said in a clip: “In high school, I became a Jeopardy! fan, I’m a two-time Celebrity Jeopardy! champ and this week, I’ll be the newest Jeopardy! guest host.”
“I’m actually kind of nervous,” he added.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, 56, and their children Emily and Matthew.
The longtime host tragically passed away in NovemberCredit: NBC