No less than 14.5 million people watched the moment that Jeopardy! participant James Holzhauer lost to librarian Emma Boettcher on 3 June – making the episode the third most-watched regularly scheduled TV show of the 2018-2019 season.
Only the final of the Big Bang Theory after 12 years in the air could beat the viewing figures of one day with 18.5 million viewers, and a December episode of 60 minutes was not much further than the program organized by Alex Trebek, with 14.6 million in the assessments.
Holzhauer failed to win the Ken Jennings title in November 2004 from winning $ 2,520,700 and 72 games in a row, and his losing episode did not attract him in the ratings as Jennings raked in 18 million viewers.
Nielsen data also consider non-linear and delayed viewing figures, and in that case Jeopardy! was behind the will of ABC & # 39; s Live for a Studio Audience, which received 20 million viewers, and the Game of Thrones final with 50 million.
14.5 million people saw James Holzhauer lose Jeopardy! June 3 after 32 games and $ 2,464,216
It was the second most viewed Jeopardy! episode behind Ken Jennings & # 39; loss of November 2004 at $ 2,520,700 after a 72-game series with 18 million people watching
Although the other shows have broadcasts and streaming views from the same week of the episode to help them increase songs, the current episodes are from Jeopardy! don't play elsewhere.
The power of Holzhauer was also evident in the top 10 episodes of Jeopardy from the season; he played in four of the episodes that made the list and in an average week 10.8 million times were viewed.
The June 3-9 week after his departure with $ 2,464,216, the figures dropped by 4.5 million.
The professional gambler in Las Vegas was only $ 56,484 shy to beat Ken Jennings & # 39; win record of 15 years ago when he lost to Boettcher, a woman from Philadelphia.
& # 39; There is no greater honor than knowing that an opponent had to play a perfect game to beat me, & # 39; wrote Holzhauer on Twitter to congratulate Boettcher on her & # 39; world-conquering achievements & # 39 ;.
Holzhauer also became more interested in the show when he summoned critics who thought he would lose by fobbling one of his famous big bets.
The final of Big Bang Theory beat the viewing figures for one day with viewers of $ 18.5 million
December episode of 60 minutes received 14.6 million viewers. Elon Musk (right) at the show
& # 39; No, James got his a ** kicked by an elite player who has nailed her own big bets, & # 39; he added.
Holzhauer also tweeted on Jennings and told him & # 39; you win this round & # 39 ;.
& # 39; But if Jeopardy ever gives me 43 games of chance, watch out! & # 39; he joked.
Jennings also tweeted on Holzhauer, with a photo of Avengers: Endgame after Thanos wiped out half of the universe.
& # 39; Actual photo of James Holzhauer walking from the stage to Jeopardy has completed his reign of destruction & # 39 ;, wrote Jennings.
Figures may have been shaken after the surprise of Holzhauer & # 39; s defeat was destroyed when a leaked clip of him lost made the rounds on social media.
It was the third most watched, regularly scheduled TV show of the 2018-2019 season, when 27-year-old Emma Boettcher caught both the Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy and $ 26,600 for Final Jeopardy while Holzhauer had only $ 23,400
While Holzhauer played a perfect game, not missing a single question, he couldn't catch the 27-year-old librarian from the University of Chicago who arrested both of the Daily doubles in Double Jeopardy. By the time Final Jeopardy came, she had $ 26,600, while Holzhauer had $ 23,400.
In the final round she gambled $ 20,201 while Holzhauer bet only $ 1,399. The bet was unusually small for the professional gambler, but he later stated that he had to make sure he did not come in third place, even if he had the question wrong.
& # 39; Nobody likes to lose, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But I am very proud of my way of doing things and I have really exceeded my own expectations for the show. So I don't feel bad about it. & # 39;
It was an incredible first game for Boettcher, who auditioned four times for the show before she recorded it.
Much like Holzhauer, Boettcher has trained for Jeopardy! for years. She followed her scores at home in a notebook and wrote her master's thesis about predicting the difficulty of trivia questions with the help of Jeopardy! Clues.
Holzhauer still left a mark on the show, won the record of the singe game win with $ 131,126 and grabbed the top 16 single-day scores.
Holzhauer took to Twitter on Monday evening to congratulate librarian Emma Boettcher on her & # 39; world-beating performance & # 39;
Holzhauer also called critics who thought he would lose by fooling one of his big bets
Holzhauer tweeted on Ken Jennings, who still holds the all-time $ 2.5 million record, and tells him & # 39; you win this round & # 39;
Jennings also tweeted in Holzhauer, with a photo of Avengers: Endgame after Thanos wiped out half of the universe
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