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Jeopardy! is an American television quiz show created by Merv Griffin, in which contestants are presented with trivia clues in the form of answers and must phrase their responses in the form of a question. The show has experienced a long life in several incarnations over the course of nearly a half-century, spending more than 11 years as a daytime network program and having currently run in syndication for 30 seasons. It has also gained a worldwide following with a multitude of international adaptations.

Art Fleming era

Original series (1964–75)

The original Jeopardy! series, hosted by Art Fleming, premiered at 11:30 am Eastern (10:30 Central) on March 30, 1964, originating from the NBC headquarters in New York City's Rockefeller Center. NBC moved the program to 12:00 noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) after 18 months, making it accessible to businessmen coming home for their lunch break or else watching it on restaurant or bar sets, and college students departing their classes for the day. These two constituencies, who ordinarily did not have the time or interest to view other daytime programs, made the show a runaway hit, propelling its ratings to second place among all daytime game shows by the end of the decade—second only to its immediate lead-in, The Hollywood Squares.[1] The show had practically no trouble whatsoever against soap operas such as Love of Life on CBS and mostly sitcom reruns on ABC.

In 1973, Lin Bolen, then Vice President of Daytime Programming at NBC, began eliminating longer-running game shows from the network in an aggressive attempt to bolster ratings among women aged 18–34. Refreshing the daytime lineup became especially imperative to Bolen when CBS launched a surprise success in the soap opera The Young and the Restless at 12:00 pm EST (11:00 am CST), drawing away younger audiences in particular. Although Jeopardy! continued to produce high ratings in the 12:00 noon time slot (also against the ABC revival of Password), Bolen moved the game to 10:30 am Eastern (9:30 Central) on January 7, 1974, putting it up against CBS' The $10,000 Pyramid,[1][2] and placed Jackpot!, a stylish, youth-oriented riddle contest hosted by Geoff Edwards, in Jeopardy!'s former time slot. Bolen and other NBC executives were surprised, though, when Jeopardy actually beat Pyramid for several weeks in February and March, prompting CBS to cancel Pyramid for failing to draw, according to producer Bob Stewart (who also produced Jackpot!), a 30 share that CBS daytime executives required a show to have in order to stay on its daytime schedule (Pyramid returned several weeks later on ABC in an afternoon slot and went on to become one of the most popular games of the 1970s and 1980s.) CBS relocated Gambit to 10:30 am on April 1, which ran about even with Jeopardy! in the ratings, with Gambit having perhaps a slight lead, due to its more traditional housewife target audience.

However, Bolen was not interested in seeing an aging show like Jeopardy! stand in the way of her plans for a more youthful image for NBC's daytime lineup. So, on July 1 of the same year, NBC moved Jeopardy!'s time slot again, this time to 1:30 pm EST (12:30 pm CST) (replacing Three on a Match, yet another Bob Stewart-produced game) and placed it against ABC's Let's Make a Deal and CBS' As the World Turns, both of which had easily beaten the ratings of several programs placed in that same time slot by NBC since December 1968. At that time, Deal moved to ABC from NBC, which had carried it in that very time slot during much of the 1960s, in a dispute by packagers Stefan Hatos and Monty Hall over the latter network's refusal to make a weekly prime time version of the show permanent.

With the July move, many of the previously devoted viewers began abandoning the program. Jeopardy! became the seventh show since 1968 to fail at 1:30 pm EST (12:30 pm CST), and a cancellation notice was issued by November 1974. Its replacement was the expansion of Another World to a full hour, the first daytime serial to expand to that duration; in April 1975, another serial, Days of Our Lives began occupying that time slot and eventually brought success to NBC there. Jeopardy! broadcast the 2,753rd and final episode of its original network run on January 3, 1975.[3] Some affiliates, including KNBC in Los Angeles, aired reruns in various other time slots through the first quarter of that year. To compensate Griffin for canceling the program, which still had a year left on its contract, NBC purchased Wheel of Fortune, another creation of his, which premiered on January 6, 1975 at 10:30 am Eastern (9:30 Central).

Weekly syndicated version (1974–75)

Griffin secured the rights from NBC to produce new episodes for first-run syndication, with Metromedia (who also syndicated Griffin's popular talk show) as their distributor. Griffin took this action mainly to keep the show in production in light of the show's deteriorating ratings on NBC daytime that eventually led to cancellation. NBC had repeatedly refused Griffin's requests to do so in the past. These episodes began airing weekly in September 1974 and featured many contestants who were previous champions on the NBC version. Thirty-nine episodes were produced, with reruns of this version also airing in syndication through about summer 1975. Most stations aired this during the Prime Time Access slots in the early evening before network prime time programming began, usually in a "checkerboard" pattern with other weekly shows, meaning a different syndicated show aired each night, like the networks in prime time. By 1974, though, the market was flooded with evening versions of network games like the Hollywood Squares and The Price Is Right, and Jeopardy!, already on a popularity downswing for some time, did not get anywhere near nationwide clearance, thus dooming it to failure after one season.

Unique to this version was a bonus awarded at the end of the program, after Final Jeopardy! was completed. The episode's champion selected a prize hidden behind the thirty squares on the Jeopardy! board. Among the prizes was a $25,000 cash award which was hidden behind two squares. In order to win the top prize, the champion had to find both $25,000 cards in succession (winning the prize on the second pick if it was not the latter half of the grand prize). In later episodes, the bonus board was dropped and the evening's champion received a prize based upon his or her final score, with a Chevrolet Vega or Chevrolet Caprice (or even additional cash prizes of $10,000 or $25,000) as possibilities.

The All-New Jeopardy! (1978–79)

Launching on October 2, 1978, the revived Jeopardy! took the spot of the soap opera For Richer, For Poorer on NBC's daytime schedule and initially aired weekdays at 10:30 am. From its debut until January 5, 1979, Jeopardy! aired against the first half-hour of the hit show The Price Is Right, which aired on CBS. As such, the show found itself unable to build an audience.

On January 8, 1979 NBC moved Jeopardy! from 10:30 am to noon, the time slot the original series had occupied and done well in for many years. However, the television climate in 1979 was much different than it was in the 1960s and early 1970s. The 12:00 pm hour was one that network affiliates often chose to pre-empt in favor of showing other programming such as a midday local newscast or a syndicated offering such as another game show or a talk show. In markets that did air Jeopardy! at noon, the show found itself losing the ratings battle against The $20,000 Pyramid on ABC and The Young and the Restless on CBS. NBC decided to pull the plug on the revived Jeopardy! series shortly after the move, and its 108th and final episode aired on March 2, 1979. Its place on the schedule was taken to allow the network's top rated soap opera, Another World, to become the first ninety-minute serial in daytime.

Originating from the NBC Studios in Burbank, California,[4] this version featured some unique gameplay elements of its own. In the most notable of these elements, the lowest scoring contestant was eliminated from further play after the Jeopardy! round.[5] The remaining two contestants played the Double Jeopardy! round until either its completion or time was called (usually the latter), and the contestant with the most money was declared the winner.[5]

Instead of playing the original format's final round, known as Final Jeopardy!, the day's champion played a bonus game called Super Jeopardy! to try to win an additional cash prize. The round consisted of five categories (instead of six in the main game), each with five clues of no determined value. The object of the round was to answer five questions to create a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line on the board.[5] Contestants had to create the line before accumulating three strikes, which were given if a contestant either failed to respond (passing was not allowed without penalty) or gave an incorrect answer.[5] If the contestant struck out $100 was awarded for each correct answer given, but if the contestant was successful he/she won $5,000.[5] For each successive time a champion played the Super Jeopardy! round, regardless of whether or not the contestant had won the round the day before, he/she played for $2,500 more than he/she had the previous time—a second trip was played for $7,500, a third $10,000, a fourth $12,500, and a fifth and final trip $15,000. A contestant could earn $50,000 from Super Jeopardy! alone, provided that said contestant won each Super Jeopardy! round over a five-day reign as champion.[6]

Daily syndication era (1984–present)

Following the success of the nighttime syndicated version of Wheel which had premiered in 1983,[7] Griffin sold a new syndicated version of Jeopardy!, hosted by Canadian-born TV personality Alex Trebek, to its same distributor, King World Productions (which much later folded into CBS Television Distribution). The Trebek version officially premiered on September 10, 1984,[8] and introduced updated technology to the program, replacing the former manually operated game board featuring clues printed on pull cards with television monitors to display clues. The main difference from the 1964–75 versions was that only the winning contestant kept his or her earnings, while the runners-up were awarded higher-end consolation prizes instead (changed in later years to $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third).

Early struggles

Initially, Jeopardy! was relegated by managers of some television stations to unpopular time slots, and it was not unusual for both Jeopardy! and Wheel to air either non-consecutively, on different stations, or even against each other. However, the new version built upon early ratings success in Cleveland and Detroit, where it was slotted in the same 7:00–8:00 pm period (the Prime Time access hour) in which Wheel also appeared.[9] Coinciding with the peak of popularity for Trivial Pursuit and the installation of electronic trivia games (e.g. NTN Buzztime) in pubs and bars,[10] Jeopardy! was slowly becoming a major success despite some markets still airing it in unfavorable time slots. One such market was New York City, the largest in the United States. There, King World sold their new show to WNBC, which had been the home of the original Jeopardy!. When it premiered in the fall of 1984, Jeopardy! initially aired at 1:30 a.m. on WNBC, following Late Night with David Letterman.

Although the series was indeed proving to be a hit, its late time slot in the country's largest media market began to concern its distributor. Even though Letterman's show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson were strong ratings winners and Jeopardy! was able to retain a good amount of the audience from its lead in shows, a late night time slot is not usually considered beneficial for a first run series. WNBC, however, was not left with much choice in the matter. At the time, the station cleared the NBC daytime lineup in its entirety and aired two and a half hours of news beginning at 5:00 p.m. The only available slots the station had were the 9:00 a.m. hour between the end of Today and the beginning of the daytime schedule, the 4:00 p.m. hour between the end of the daytime schedule and Live at Five, and the 7:30 p.m. slot between the end of NBC Nightly News and the beginning of primetime. Each one of those slots was spoken for, however. The popular Donahue was one of the station's biggest ratings draws in daytime and was not going anywhere (especially considering NBC's New York base was about to become its home), which precluded Jeopardy! from moving there. WNBC, as a network-owned station, had also picked up the syndicated edition of Family Feud when it premiered along with the rest of the stations NBC owned, which took away the 7:30 slot. King World looked for a way out of its unfavorable situation with WNBC, but there was not much to be done. The two other major network affiliates in New York, WABC and WCBS, both had the same issue as WNBC in that both stations cleared their network's schedule completely and had other programming filing the holes in their schedules.

While this was going on, a long-running network TV series would enable King World to find its way out of its New York schedule problem. On October 26, 1984, Procter & Gamble Productions announced that after twenty-eight years, it was ceasing production of its ABC serial The Edge of Night. Although ABC was willing to keep airing it, more than half of its affiliates had been preempting The Edge of Night to air other programming in the 4:00 p.m. timeslot the serial occupied. ABC went further, saying that after Edge aired its last episode on December 28, 1984, they would no longer air network programming in the 4:00 p.m. timeslot and the affiliates were free to do with it what they wished.

King World went to WABC, who now had an open spot on its schedule it needed to fill, and the two struck an agreement to move Jeopardy! to the station beginning December 31, 1984. WABC has aired Jeopardy! in the New York market ever since, but early on the station found its own issues with the show. These did not involve its ratings, as the switch helped more viewers find Jeopardy! since they no longer had to stay up past midnight to see it. The issues instead were with the station's approach.

When Jeopardy! made the move on December 31, 1984, WABC was looking to improve its ratings in the hour leading up to Eyewitness News at 5:00 p.m.. Jeopardy! helped, but the station did not seem to be able to find a complementary program for it at 4:30 p.m.. The station first tried Name That Tune as the accompanying program, but the show had already been struggling in the ratings in its earlier morning timeslot and did not fare better. Thus, WABC moved it to a late-night timeslot and added Divorce Court in its place in early 1985. While Divorce Court was popular, the fictional court program switched stations for the fall of 1985. WABC responded by signing on as an affiliate for the syndicated edition of Sale of the Century, which had been airing on WOR since its January 1985 premiere and was entering its second season that fall. But once again, the station was left needing another solution, as Sale became the third straight problematic Jeopardy! lead-out program and was cancelled by its syndicator in 1986.

Prime Time Access shakeup

For the start of the 1986–87 television season, WABC continued its practice of having an hour of game shows fill the spot between General Hospital and Eyewitness News; once again, Jeopardy! led off the hour. For the 4:30 p.m. slot, WABC added another syndicated version of a daytime network show as Card Sharks premiered in September 1986. Jeopardy! remained a success for WABC, but viewers once again switched away from its followup show, as Card Sharks was far less popular in syndication than in daytime on CBS.

WABC, meanwhile, had added the brand new, King World-distributed Oprah to its lineup that same fall, and placed it at 10:00 a.m., following its locally produced talk show The Morning Show. Oprah was an immediate success and in December 1986, WABC decided to move it to the 4:00 p.m. timeslot. The move, which turned out to be permanent as Oprah remained at 4:00 p.m. for the next twenty-four plus years, displaced the game shows airing there and WABC needed to find a new home for Jeopardy!; moving it back to late night, as the station did with the low-rated Card Sharks, was not an option and the morning slot Oprah left behind would have put the series up against the daytime offerings on WNBC and WCBS. WABC, however, had another idea.

At the time, and like its major competitors, WABC aired an hour of local news at 6:00 p.m. and followed it with the national newscast, in this case World News Tonight, at 7:00 p.m.. For the 1986–87 season, WABC added another new syndicated offering in a revival of Hollywood Squares, which was placed at 7:30 p.m. Squares turned out to be a strong performer against the immensely popular Wheel of Fortune on WCBS and, seeing these ratings, WABC decided that it could draw equal or better ratings with Jeopardy! in the 7:00 p.m slot. ABC did not require its stations to air its national broadcast at a specific time, giving WABC the fredom to make the move if it wanted.

On December 15, 1986, the same day Oprah moved to 4:00 pm, WABC reduced the 6:00 pm broadcast of Eyewitness News by 30 minutes and moved World News Tonight to 6:30, with Jeopardy! airing at 7:00 and Squares following it at 7:30. To alert viewers to the time slot changes, WABC launched an advertising campaign entitled "Prime Time Begins At 7 On 7".[11] In addition, WABC would fill Oprah's vacated 10:00 a.m. slot with a second run of the previous evening's broadcast of Jeopardy!, followed by a revival of the 1970s game show, Split Second at 10:30 a.m.; the latter program would be canceled by the end of the 1986–87 season. WABC would permanently fill the 10:00 a.m. time slot in September 1987 by gaining the New York rights to Sally Jessy Raphael's eponymous talk show, and the transformation of WABC's daytime lineup was complete.

The move produced a ratings win in both the 6:30 and 7:00 pm time slots, as World News Tonight also benefited from the switch. Eventually WCBS and WNBC capitulated, and their networks' respective national newscasts moved to 6:30 pm as well.[12] After moving the CBS Evening News to 6:30 pm in the fall of 1988, WCBS picked up the game show Win, Lose or Draw to air at 7:00 pm as a lead in for Wheel, while WNBC (which also moved NBC Nightly News to 6:30) eventually began airing newsmagazines (such as Inside Edition) and a new syndicated version of Family Feud hosted by Ray Combs in the hour preceding prime time.[13]

As for WABC, which has aired Jeopardy! at 7:00 ever since, initially the same lead-out issues plagued the station. Hollywood Squares saw its ratings decline and was dropped by the station after its second season in favor of bringing back Entertainment Tonight, after two seasons on WWOR; Squares moved to WPIX, where it remained until the end of its run in 1989. WABC finally found a permanent partner for Jeopardy! in 1990 when it took over for WCBS as the New York home for Wheel of Fortune. Although it had been a ratings winner for the station since WCBS picked up Wheel, the station decided it wanted to go in a different direction with its pre-prime time programming (for instance, WCBS picked up Hard Copy to serve as the lead in for Wheel in 1989 and eventually paired it with Entertainment Tonight, once it became available in the fall of).

WABC's successful access hour move eventually resulted in many Eastern and Pacific Time Zone network affiliates moving their network newscasts to 6:30 pm. While affiliates in the Central and Mountain time zones generally program Wheel at 6:30 pm though, Jeopardy! largely airs in late afternoon (and in some cases, morning) time slots, as these stations typically air local newscasts in the half-hour following their networks' respective national ones.

Jeopardy! and Wheel have since become staples on seven of ABC's eight owned-and-operated stations (WABC, KABC/Los Angeles, WLS, WPVI/Philadelphia, KGO/San Francisco, WTVD/Raleigh-Durham and KFSN/Fresno). The only exception was KTRK in Houston, which has never carried both game shows (in part due to an hour-long newscast in the Prime Time Access hour where Wheel would normally broadcast); both game shows have aired on different Houston stations: first on NBC-affiliate KPRC from their respective start dates to 1986 when both shows moved to Tegna-owned CBS affiliate KHOU. However, beginning September 14, 2015 KTRK began airing Jeopardy!, making it the last ABC-owned station to do so, though Wheel will continue to air on KHOU, as KTRK still carries two separate half-hour newscasts in the 6:00 pm access hour.[14]

Ratings and critical reception

Since its debut, the syndicated version of Jeopardy! has gone on to win fourteen Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, achieving this honor most recently in 2014, and today it holds the record as the most honored program in this Emmy award category.[15]

The show was the subject of great interest and increased ratings (often out-performing Wheel and even prime time programs) in the early portions of the 2004–05 season as contestant Ken Jennings, taking advantage of newly relaxed appearance rules, won 74 matches before being defeated by Nancy Zerg in his 75th appearance. He amassed $2,520,700 over the course of his winning streak as well as a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, thus earning the record as the highest money-winner ever on American game shows, and his winning streak led the show to become TV's highest-rated syndicated program.[16]

On September 11, 2006, with the start of Season 23, Jeopardy! began broadcasting in high definition. King World and production company Sony Pictures Television indicated that as of August 10, 2006, some 49 of the 210 stations that carried the show at that time were prepared for the transition. Sony uses the 1080i HD format to record the show, but since Jeopardy! is syndicated, stations using the 720p format had to manually transcode the show from an HD satellite feed before broadcasting it. This issue was remedied with the introduction of the Pathfire satellite system for high-definition syndicated content distribution.[17][18]

On January 2, 2007 one third of subscribing stations originally renewed Jeopardy! through Season 28 (2011–12),[19] but by April 8, 2010 Jeopardy! was given an additional two-year renewal through Season 30 (2013–14).[20] Then in 2012, Trebek and Wheel personalities Pat Sajak and Vanna White renewed their respective contracts when the shows' ABC-owned affiliates renewed both game shows through the 2015–16 season.[21]

CBS Television Distribution currently offers stations up to two episodes of Jeopardy! to air each weekday: the first run (which airs new episodes from September to July), and a "classic Jeopardy!" package consisting of recent tournaments.[22] Additional reruns from the previous season are also available for air on Saturdays.

Spin-off programs


Main article: Jep!

Jep!, a children's version of the show, aired first on Game Show Network (now known by its abbreviated name, "GSN") throughout the 1998–99 season, and then on Discovery Kids through late 2004. It was hosted by cartoon voice actor Bob Bergen, and produced by Scott Sternberg who had earlier produced a children's version of Wheel, titled Wheel 2000.[23] Contestants on Jep! were young children aged 10 through 12, who competed for merchandise packages instead of monetary prizes, with clue values in points rather than dollars.

Rock & Roll Jeopardy!

Main article: Rock & Roll Jeopardy!

Rock & Roll Jeopardy!, a music-intensive version, debuted on VH1 on October 8, 1998[24] and ran for four seasons, ending on May 12, 2001. Hosted by Survivor star Jeff Probst, this version highlighted post-1950s popular music trivia rather than focusing on general knowledge.[25] Announcers included Loretta Fox in seasons one and two, and Stew Herrera in seasons three and four.

Sports Jeopardy!

Main article: Sports Jeopardy!

In fall 2014, Crackle, an online video portal owned by Sony, began exclusively carrying Sports Jeopardy!, a themed version of the show with material focused entirely on sports trivia. Sportscaster Dan Patrick hosts the webseries, which produces new episodes once a week.[26] Kelly Miyahara, a member of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew, serves as an on-camera announcer. Howie Schwab serves as off-camera judge and consultant. Each category has only four clues (250, 500, 750 and 1,000 in the Jeopardy! round, with those values doubled for Double Jeopardy!) compared to five in the parent series. The fewer clues allows Patrick and the contestants more time to interact during the interview portion of the show and during a "postgame" segment during and after the closing credits.

International adaptations

The popularity of Jeopardy! in the United States has led the show's format to launch in many foreign countries throughout the world. This has led the American version to conduct "International Tournaments" in which champions from the show's foreign adaptations competed in a one-week tournament identical to the semifinals and finals of the American version's "Tournament of Champions".[27][28]

Most versions are faithful to the American version's format, but some use unique formats of their own; for example, the Czech, Slovak and Italian adaptations eschew the show's trademark "answer and question" format in favor of a simple, standard quiz format, where clues are presented as questions or tasks and the contestants simply answer the questions or perform the tasks indicated, rather than providing responses phrased in the form of a question.

Complete list of international adaptations
Country Title Network(s) Host(s) Dates aired
Arab League Arab World المحك
El Mahaq
MBC 1 Ibrahim Abou Jawdeh 2011
Argentina Argentina Jeopardy! Canal 13 Fernando Bravo 2006–?
Australia Australia Jeopardy! Network Ten Tony Barber 11 Jan. 1993–
17 Aug. 1993
Belgium Belgium (Dutch) Waagstuk! VTM Luc Appermont 1990–1997
Canada Canada (French) Jeopardy! TVA Réal Giguère 1991–1993
China China (Chinese) 这是什么自媒体知识秀
Zhe Shì shénme?
What's This?
Webcast Hao Tao February 2016
Croatia Croatia Izazov! HRT 1 Dražen Sirišćević
Joško Lokas
Czech Republic Czech Republic Risk
Nova Pavel Svoboda
Ivan Vyskočil
Jan Krasl
Petr Svoboda
Jan Rosák
Denmark Denmark Jeopardy! TV2 Søren Kaster 1995–2000
Lasse Rimmer 2000–2003
Lars Daneskov 2003–2005
TV3 Adam Duvå Hall 2014–present
Estonia Estonia Kuldvillak! TV3
Kanal 2
Teet Margna
Mart Mardisalu
Finland Finland Jeopardy! Nelonen Ismo Apell Spring 2007
France France Jeopardy! TF1 Philippe Risoli 1988–1991
Germany Germany Riskant! RTL Hans-Jürgen Bäumler 1990–1993
Jeopardy! Frank Elstner 1994–1998[29]
tm3 Gerriet Danz 1998–2000[29]
RTLplus Joachim Llambi 2016–present
Hungary Hungary Mindent vagy Semmit! MTV (1993–1997)
TV2 (1997–1999)
István Vágó 1993–1999
Indonesia Indonesia Jeopardy! Trans TV TBA 2016
Israel Israel מלך הטריוויה
Melekh Ha Trivia
Channel 3 Eli Israeli 1997–2000
Italy Italy Rischiatutto Secondo Programma/Programma Nazionale
Rai 1/Rai 3
Mike Bongiorno (1970–1974)
Fabio Fazio (2016–)
Japan Japan クイズグランプリ
Quiz Grand Prix
Fuji Television Hiroshi Koizumi 1970–1980
Mexico Mexico Jeopardy! TV Azteca Omar Fierro 1998–2000
Netherlands Netherlands Waagstuk! SBS6 Albert Verlinde 1995
New Zealand New Zealand Jeopardy! TVNZ Mark Leishman 1992–1993
Norway Norway Jeopardy! TV 2
TV Norge
Jens Bruun-Pedersen
Nils Gunnar Lie
Trygve Rønningen
H.C. Andersen
Philippines Philippines Jeopardy!
ATV7 Rey Allen Arcega Cañada 2015–present
Poland Poland Va Banque TVP2 Kazimierz Kaczor 1996–2003
Romania Romania Riști și câștigi! PRO TV Constantin Cotimanis
Cristi Iacob
Russia Russia Своя игра
Svoya Igra
NTV Pyotr Kuleshov 1994–present
Slovakia Slovakia Pokušenie! Markíza Michal Duriš
Dodo Dúbravský
Riskuj! TV JOJ Štefan Bučko
Lenka Hriadeľová
Spain Spain Jeopardy! Antena 3 Carlos Sobera 2007
Sweden Sweden Jeopardy! TV4 Magnus Härenstam 1991–2005
Adam Alsing 2006–2007
TV8 Pontus Gårdinger 2014–present
Turkey Turkey Riziko! TRT 1 (1994–1996)
Kanal 7 (1998–2000)
Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu 1994–1996
Büyük Risk [30] Star TV Selçuk Yöntem 2012–present
United Kingdom United Kingdom Jeopardy! Channel 4 Derek Hobson 1983–1984
ITV Chris Donat
Steve Jones
Sky One Paul Ross 1995–1996

Canadian broadcasting of the show

Even though the program has spawned many foreign adaptations, the American syndicated version of Jeopardy! is itself broadcast across the world, with international distribution rights held by CBS Studios International (which, like the show's U.S. distributor CBS Television Distribution, is a unit of CBS Corporation).

In Canada, Jeopardy! had aired largely on local stations since its debut. Like most American game shows that air in Canada, Canadians are eligible to appear as contestants on the American version, with notable examples including 1990 Tournament of Champions winner Bob Blake and 1997 International Jeopardy! Tournament winner Michael Daunt. Before 2008, Jeopardy! aired across Canada mostly on CTV stations, although the Vancouver CTV station CIVT-TV has never aired the show (the show has aired before on local Global station CHAN-TV), and in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, the show airs on NTV.

From 2008 to 2012, the show was broadcast by all affiliates of CBC Television except for CBET-DT in Windsor, Ontario (due to broadcast rights in that region being held by WDIV-TV in Detroit).[31] Funding decreases to CBC led to the network declining to renew Jeopardy! and Wheel for the 2012–13 season,[32] in favor of producing its own game show.[33][34]

In French Canada, just as Wheel of Fortune once had its own French-Canadian version, there was also a French-Canadian version of Jeopardy! that aired for a few seasons in Quebec, on TVA, from 1991 to 1993.


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