Ken Jennings party Peril! bring analytics to the game. On Twitter, the game show host said that stats will now be officially compiled on the brand’s website. A great fan letter came from Michael Davies. The executive producer told readers that people have been asking for full stats for a while and the show decided to make it a reality. For Jennings, he couldn’t be happier, as he always considered Peril! as a form of sport anyway. The host explained how sportswriters had the best writing on the show compared to the entertainment press. Well, he and viewers who feel the same get what they ask for. In the blog, Davies uses current Dominant Champion Amy Schneider to talk about how these insights can help viewers understand the game in new ways.
“Big announcement from @Jeopardy: daily scores and an annual ‘post-season’. I noticed many years ago that sportswriters were the best interviewers about Jeopardy! They handled it (correctly! ) Like a competition first and then like showbiz,” he explained. “And box scores include buzzer stats! For the first time, fans will be able to delve deeper into the interplay of knowledge and timing that defines the game. Awaiting PhD dissertations on Jeopardy! Analytics.”
Big announcement from @Peril: daily box scores and an annual “post-season”. I noticed many years ago that sportswriters were the best interviewers on Jeopardy! They treated it (correctly!) as competition first and showbiz second. https://t.co/YzLgLTBtZ8
—Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 13, 2022
Executive producer Michael Davies gave a little more context on the official blog. “Aha! Stats! My obsession since I joined the show just over 4 months ago. Last week we started publishing comparative stats (Opens an external site) of our top 4 champions – Amy, Matt, James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings – and the response has been fantastic.Today we continue our foray into #jeopardata with the first release of our daily box score.
“Everyone at Jeopardy! owes a huge debt of thanks to some notable members of our community who have done an amazing job compiling, expanding, and posting all kinds of statistics about our show,” he continued. “My team and I have read and enjoyed much of this work on your websites, your Twitter feeds and on the Jeopardy! sub-reddit. We believe Jeopardy! has a responsibility to add to this outstanding body of work. and maybe power up even more. We decided the best way to do this was to release a daily official score each night.
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