‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Finally Loses

Sep 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Utah software engineer Ken Jennings has finally ended his record-breaking run on long-running syndicated quiz show “Jeopardy!” sources said.

During a taping Tuesday, the 30-year-old Mr. Jennings lost his 75th game, but walked away with around $2.5 million in cash and prizes, the sources said. The episode featuring his defeat will likely air later this fall.

“‘Jeopardy!’ is now in its 21st season, and since its inception we have never disclosed whether a contestant has won or lost before a show has aired. We have no intention of changing this policy,” said a spokesperson for the show, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed domestically by King World Productions.

The new season of “Jeopardy!” debuted Monday and featured the returning champ.

Mr. Jennings began his winning streak June 2; the limit on five consecutive wins was lifted at the start of the last season. He has continued to win through the 2004-05 season until yesterday’s taping. “Jeopardy!” scored an 8.7 rating and 16 share in its Sept. 6 season debut primary runs, up 19 percent from its last season premiere average of 7.3/14, according to Nielsen Media Research.