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. (I will include a separate table with the towns of the ToC participants, as well as taking note of any changes from their previous appearances.)

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schedules from every market, after discovering that in many cases, the show's own "where to watch" page is giving outdated information.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 14 of Season 34 (2017-12-15), including the separate table for the Tournament of Champions.

RankMarketStationPlayers
1New YorkWABC21
3ChicagoWLS10
6Washington (Hagerstown)WJLA10
2Los AngelesKABC6
4PhiladelphiaWPVI4
10Boston (Manchester)WBZ4
29San DiegoKNSD4
12Seattle-TacomaKOMO3
26BaltimoreWBFF3
27NashvilleWZTV3
32Hartford & New HavenWTNH3
7HoustonKTRK2
11Phoenix (Prescott)KTVK2
28IndianapolisWTHR2
30Salt Lake CityKJZZ2
34Columbus, OHWBNS2
49LouisvilleWLKY2
70Roanoke-LynchburgWDBJ2
79Portland-AuburnWMTW2
106Lincoln & Hastings-KearneyKOLN2
5Dallas-Ft. WorthKTXA1
8San Francisco-Oakland-San JoseKGO1
14DetroitWDIV1
15Minneapolis-St. PaulKARE1
17DenverKDVR1
20Sacramento-Stockton-ModestoKXTV1
21St. LouisKSDK1
23CharlotteWCNC1
33Kansas CityKSHB1
39AustinKXAN1
43Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle CreekWWMT1
44Birmingham (Anniston & Tuscaloosa)WIAT1
50MemphisWREG1
55Richmond-PetersburgWRIC1
57Wilkes Barre-Scranton-HazletonWBRE1
61KnoxvilleWBIR1
65Tucson (Sierra Vista)KGUN1
77Columbia, SCWOLO1
80Huntsville-Decatur (Florence)WAAY1
82Paducah-Cape Girardeau-HarrisburgWPSD1
94Baton RougeWBRZ1
97Burlington-PlattsburghWPTZ1
101Myrtle Beach-FlorenceWBTW1
107Johnstown-Altoona-State CollegeWATM1
109Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches)KLTV1
115LansingWILX1
123Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - San Luis ObispoKSBY1
141Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson (Williston)KFYR1
144Odessa-MidlandKMID1
183CharlottesvilleWVIR1
Ottawa / Gatineau1

2017 Tournament of Champions

RankMarketStationPlayers
2Los AngelesKABC4
1New YorkWABC2
19Cleveland-Akron (Canton)WOIO2
4PhiladelphiaWPVI1
5Dallas-Ft. WorthKTXA1
9AtlantaWXIA1
85SyracuseWSYT1
88Champaign & Springfield-DecaturWAND1
109Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches)KLTV1
112Augusta-AikenWRDW1

Five of the fifteen ToC contestants are introduced as being from different towns than their original Jeopardy! appearances (previously billed towns in parentheses):
Sam Deutsch (Bethesda, MD)
Seth Wilson (Chicago, IL)
Hunter Appler (Mount Airy, NC)
Pranjal Vachaspati (Shaker Heights, OH)
Alan Lin (Santa Barbara, CA)

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