Season 34 Jeopardy! contestants by media market

In the process of putting together my countdown clock to Season 34, I compiled data on airing times, networks, and stations for all 210 television markets in the United States. I may work towards sharing this data and some associated trends in the near future, but for now, it has sparked me to keep track of where the current season's players are hailing from. This was also spurred on by The Jeopardy! Fan's map breaking down last season's competitors by state and province. I also may work back through last season, but going further back than that would be an apples-to-oranges comparison, as prior to Season 33, players had the option of being introduced as "originally from" somewhere other than where they currently live. (UPDATE, 2017-10-07: here's the Season 33 data.)

Based on the current schedule, and barring any irregularities (instances in regular play where more or fewer than two new players debut), we'll see 430 new players on the show this season. That's based on two challengers in each of 200 regular games, and 15-player fields in both the College Championship and Teachers Tournament. The count doesn't include either Shadi Peterman (the defending champion in the season opener) or the Tournament of Champions participants, as they first appeared on the show prior to this season.

Where you watch the show north of the border is based not necessarily on geography, but more on cable provider. For example, on Cape Breton Island, I watched on both WBZ (CBS Boston) and WDIV (NBC Detroit). But I'm going to keep track of Canadian players by their home Designated Market Areas as well.

(And yes, I did actually look at television schedules from every market, after discovering that in many cases, the show's own "where to watch" page is giving outdated information. Hat tip to Zap2it and TitanTV for making that possible.)

Updated through the end of Week 6 of Season 34 (2017-10-20).

RankMarketStationPlayers
1New YorkWABC9
3ChicagoWLS5
6Washington (Hagerstown)WJLA5
4PhiladelphiaWPVI4
2Los AngelesKABC3
29San DiegoKNSD3
26BaltimoreWBFF2
30Salt Lake CityKJZZ2
7HoustonKTRK1
10Boston (Manchester)WBZ1
11Phoenix (Prescott)KTVK1
12Seattle-TacomaKOMO1
14DetroitWDIV1
15Minneapolis-St. PaulKARE1
17DenverKDVR1
20Sacramento-Stockton-ModestoKXTV1
28IndianapolisWTHR1
32Hartford & New HavenWTNH1
33Kansas CityKSHB1
34Columbus, OHWBNS1
39AustinKXAN1
49LouisvilleWLKY1
55Richmond-PetersburgWRIC1
61KnoxvilleWBIR1
65Tucson (Sierra Vista)KGUN1
70Roanoke-LynchburgWDBJ1
77Columbia, SCWOLO1
79Portland-AuburnWMTW1
101Myrtle Beach-FlorenceWBTW1
106Lincoln & Hastings-KearneyKOLN1
109Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches)KLTV1
123Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - San Luis ObispoKSBY1
141Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson (Williston)KFYR1
144Odessa-MidlandKMID1
Ottawa / Gatineau1

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