May 27, 2005 |
Ken Jennings, the "Jeopardy!" brainiac who won a record 74 games in a row last year, met his match this week, losing a three-day tournament of champions from the game show and a $2-million prize to Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Pa. Rutter, a former record store clerk who won more than $1 million on "Jeopardy!" in 2002, beat Jennings in all three individual games, and his final total of $62,000 easily eclipsed Jennings' $34,599.
December 30, 2004 |
If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million -- but the competition will be tougher this time around. Producers of the game show are planning a "Super Tournament" that will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition among nearly 150 previous five-time winners. The matches will begin airing in February or March, and the finals will air in May, said "Jeopardy!" publicist Jeff Ritter.
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December 2, 2004 |
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, the Lemon Pipers, the Archies and, now, Nancy Zerg. On Wednesday, the Ventura real estate agent who toppled "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings suddenly landed in the category called One-Hit Wonders. After beating the winningest contestant in TV history by more than $5,000 on Tuesday, Zerg was deposed after a mere 24 hours on the game-show throne. She wound up in last place with just $2.
December 1, 2004 |
In an era of fleeting celebrity, "Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings strung out his 15 minutes of fame for five months, 2,700 correct answers and more than $2.5 million in prize money. Then he met up with Nancy Zerg. And before you could say "Anticlimactic endings for $100, Alex," the clean-cut, Salt Lake City software designer who had become the winningest game show contestant in history had finally been outsmarted.
November 5, 2004 |
Quiz-show king Ken Jennings has broken another record on "Jeopardy!" Jennings won $45,099 on the episode that aired Wednesday night, bringing his total earnings to $2,197,000 to make him the top TV game-show winner ever. He beat the previous record of $2,180,000, set by Michigan engineer Kevin Olmstead on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 2001. Jennings, a 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City, began his 66-appearances-and-counting streak on the episode that aired June 2.
September 6, 2004 |
"Jeopardy!" returns from its summer break with original shows today. That means returning champion Ken Jennings will have to come up with the 39th way to write his name (he signs in differently each show), host Alex Trebek will have to find something new to ask Jennings during the interview segment, and chances are two more otherwise intelligent players will go home losers.