Biggest Winner in Supercomputer-vs.-Human Showdown May Be ‘Jeopardy!’

Feb 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The biggest winner in the competition between IBM’s supercomputer Watson and the two human competitors Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter may be "Jeopardy!," B&C reports.

The three nights that featured the human-vs.-computer competition averaged a 9.1 rating/17 share in the overnight metered markets, representing a 30% bump from "Jeopardy!’s” February 2010 average of 7.0, the story notes.

Tuesday’s broadcast was the highest-rated of the three episodes, with the syndicated show averaging a 9.5/17, its highest rating since May 25, 2005, when Jennings and Rutter competed against each other in the show’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions, the story notes. Rutter was the winner in the 2005 matchup.

On Wednesday night, when Watson trounced the two human champs, "Jeopardy!" earned a 9.1/17, making the show the second-highest-rated program on TV, behind "American Idol," which had a 14.5 rating, the story says.

Click here for an examination of why the computer won the contest.

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