A few days after winning the record for the second-longest Jeopardy!, Amy Schneider’s winning streak came to an end on Wednesday.
Schneider’s streak came to an end after 40 games when Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, won the match on Wednesday with a correct Final Jeopardy response.
Schneider won $1,382,800 during her 40-game run, placing her fourth all-time on Jeopardy! Behind Ken Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216), and Matt Amodio ($1,518,601) on the money list are Ken Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216), and Matt Amodio ($1,518,601). On Monday, she eclipsed Amodio for the second-longest victory streak, after only Jennings’ 74-game record.
“It’s really been an honor,” said Schneider, the first transgender person to be a Jeopardy! champ and now the winningest woman in the show’s history. “To know that I’m one of the most successful people at a game I’ve loved since I was a kid and to know that I’m a part of its history now, I just don’t know how to process it.”
Schneider’s winning run, coupled with Amodio’s earlier in the season, has boosted Jeopardy! ratings. The Sony-produced syndicated show averaged 11 million daily viewers for the week of January 10 and 9.4 million for the season, making it the most viewed entertainment program (in same-day viewing) in any daypart in 2021-22.
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