Ken Jennings’ winning run on “Jeopardy!” has given the syndicated strip its own streak to boast about, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the week ending July 18.
For the second week in a row, the King World strip beat all other syndicated series, thanks to the contestant’s million-dollar wining streak. The series rose 21 percent over the previous week to a 10.2 rating, the show’s best in 41/2 years. Compared with last year at this time, “Jeopardy!” is up 62 percent in households.
Since Mr. Jennings began his streak, which began the week ending June 18, “Jeopardy!” has added 7 million viewers to its ratings charts.
Also benefiting from the boost was fellow King World strip “Wheel of Fortune,” which is paired with “Jeopardy!” in top markets. “Wheel” grew 6 percent for the week to an 8.6, the series’ highest mark in 14 weeks.
Elsewhere in syndication, King World’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” stayed on top of the off-net pack for the second week in a row despite sliding 3 percent to a 5.6. “Raymond” edged out Sony’s “Seinfeld,” which was up 4 percent to a 5.4, and Warner’s “Friends,” also up 4 percent to a 5.1 score.