The first episode of "The Greatest of All Time" was a big win among Jeopardy fans, too, pulling in 14.4-million viewers, making it the fourth most watched program of the season, behind the Golden Globes, The Little Mermaid Live and The Masked Singer's season premiere.
In the tournament, three of the game show's winningest contestants - Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter - are facing off for the first time ever. "I do feel like I'm back home". Come Wednesday, Holzhauer was right back at his game with the trash talk against Jennings, pointing out how Jennings had never won a Jeopardy tournament.
Holzhauer owns the top 16 single-game records in JEOPARDY! history because of his bold bets on Daily Doubles and Final JEOPARDY!
Though Rutter was the favorite going into the evening, his score boomeranged up and down throughout the two games.
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The first round went to Jennings, who nabbed a total of $63,400 - just $200 more than Holzhauer. Holzhauer grouped Jennings in the same class as President Donald Trump who, uh, hasn't won a Jeopardy tournament either. All three correctly answered the final question in the first game, which was on the first six words of the Gospel of John. Rutter, 41, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania worked at a records store before his "Jeopardy!" success. The point difference helped Jennings take a drastic first game lead, in which his amount was $45,000 to Holzhauer's $33,200, and Rutter's $10,400.
Trebek bantered with the legends, asking Rutter if his playing had changed in the almost two decades since he'd first been on the program. Rutter said that he felt as if he hadn't lost a step. Rutter admitted his "recall" isn't quite what it was in 2000. The second game ended similarly - with Rutter missing the last question and ending the game with nothing.
"I love the life 'Jeopardy!' gave me". "I've finished second place in a bunch of these tournaments".
And he's one night closer to his goal.