Retro 'Jeopardy' Episode Scores Ratings Gains

The long-running game show kicked off a week of "from the vault" episodes with Alex Trebek's first time as host.
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A trip down memory lane proved to be a big draw for Jeopardy on Monday.

Having exhausted its supply of new episodes in June, the long-running game show has been airing reruns for the past several weeks. Monday began a week highlighting moments from early in the show's current run, starting with Alex Trebek's first episode as host from 1984.

Viewers came out in high numbers for the flashback: According to Nielsen overnight ratings from 44 metered markets, Monday's show was up across the board from Jeopardy's July 2019 average — which is particularly notable because the show was airing new episodes a year ago.

Trebek's first episode grew by 13 percent year-to-year among total viewers, and it posted bigger gains among several key demographics. (The show averaged about 8.4 million daily viewers in complete ratings the same week last year; metered markets don't cover the entire country.) 

Among adults 25-54, Monday's show was up 30 percent year-to-year, and it rose 49 percent among adults 18-49. Ratings among adults under 35 — none of whom were alive when Trebek first hosted Jeopardy on Sept. 10, 1984 — more than doubled, rising by 109 percent.

The remainder of the week will feature episodes from the show's first 10 years, including the first "super champion," the first record-setting contestant and its 10th anniversary final.