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What is 'high Jeopardy ratings in WNY'?

Western New York is all in on James Holzhauer, the professional gambler from Las Vegas who is crushing the game show “Jeopardy!” to the tune of more than $1 million in three weeks on the program.

He seems unbeatable, with a vast amount of knowledge and a gambler’s use of the daily double. He constantly bets a large amount of money on them to raise his winnings.

His performances are leading to record local ratings that are growing nightly. Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. episode carried by WIVB-TV (Channel 4) had a 16.3 rating and Tuesday's episode had a 15.0 rating. Those are higher live ratings that any prime-time entertainment series program during the February sweeps. Monday’s program earned a 14.0 rating and last Friday’s program had a 13.0 rating.

The program usually gets ratings in the ballpark of 9 or 10.

The lead-in at 7 tonight will be Channel 4’s NFL draft special, with “Wheel of Fortune” moving over to sister station WNLO-TV (CW23).

Holzhauer reportedly is breaking the “Jeopardy!” bank on a nightly basis. However, the high rating the program is pulling in nationally during his run should enable the syndicator to charge more for its commercial spots.

He has become such a big national story that even rival stations are reporting on it and therefore promoting his daily appearances.

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