‘Jeopardy James’ Holzhauer Becomes a Legend as His Final Episode Is Named the Most Watched in 14 Years
James Holzhauer sets record for the game show “Jeopardy” as his final episode has the highest rating with a total of 14.5 million followers. He donated part of $2.5 million wins to a cancer-walk in honor of the show’s host, Alex Trebek.
For ‘Jeopardy James’ ending a record means the start of another record. On June 3, when James Holzhauer ended his record-breaking run on television game show, his final appearance set another record for the show as it became the highest-rated episode in 14 years.
Not only that, it bumped the show to the third most-watched regularly scheduled TV show of the 2018-2019 season with a total of 14. 6 million viewers. It comes behind a December episode of “60 Minutes” and the Season Finale of “The Big Bang Theory.”
James became famous for his 32 winning-streak as a champion on “Jeopardy!” from April to June. Unfortunately, that came to an end when he lost to Emma Boettcher.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t a painful loss as he left the show with $2,464,216. This makes him the third highest overall winning “Jeopardy!” contestant and the fourth-highest-earning American game show contestant of all times.
James isn’t keeping all that millions to himself as he donated part of his winnings to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk in honor of Alex Trebek, the host of “Jeopardy!”
Earlier in March, Trebek announced that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but three months later he revealed that he was in near remission.
A fan of the show, Ann Zediker invited James to join a cancer walk in his hometown, Naperville. Zediker watched James’ final episode on the show and was touched when Trebek thanked the gameshow whiz’s daughter for writing him a get-well-soon card.
While speaking to CNN, Zediker revealed that her dad died of pancreatic cancer in 2010, and she felt she should reach out to James. She said:
“At the end of the day, I had nothing to lose. My heart told me it was the right thing to do.”
Although James couldn’t be a part of the walk, he honored the invitation by donating $1109.14 —which was a representation of his daughter’s birthday— to the cause. He wrote:
“For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors.”
What a fantastic way to spread love and positivity!