Consolidated Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions data

Because the J! Archive is Tournament of Champions-complete - that is, all twenty-seven events are fully archived - some data can be synthesized and presented about them. I also have a page that compares ToC performance with regular play.

"Length" is the number of regular-play games during which champions qualified into that particular ToC. "Winnings" is the aggregate total of what that ToC's fifteen competitiors won in their regular games and the tournaments they won. These sums exclude cash prizes for runners-up since May 2002, as well as money won in Super Jeopardy! for the Season 2-7 ToCs. They are also "uncorrected" - that is, they are not adjusted for differences in clue values and payouts to tournament winners. Below each total in italics, however, is that total inflation-adjusted to 2017 dollars.

Season Start/end dates Winner Length Winnings 1st 2nd 3rd SF QF 6+ 5 4 3 Auto M F
2 1985-11-11
1985-11-22
Jerry Frankel 195 $618,791
($1,401,187)
$100,000 2-day total 2-day total $5,000 $1,000 15 0 0 0 12 3
3 1986-11-10
1986-11-21
Chuck Forrest 185 $562,108
($1,256,693)
$100,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $1,000 5 10 0 0 14 1
4 1987-11-09
1987-11-20
Bob Verini 200 $628,964
($1,345,236)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 4 0 2 15 0
5 1988-11-07
1988-11-18
Mark Lowenthal 200 $738,702
($1,515,592)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 4 0 2 10 5
6 1989-11-06
1989-11-17
Tom Cubbage 190 $623,627
($1,222,581)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 5 7 0 3 11 4
7 1990-11-05
1990-11-16
Bob Blake 190 $768,405
($1,417,466)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 11 1 0 3 13 2
8 1991-11-04
1991-11-15
Jim Scott 190 $819,651
($1,468,109)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 8 4 0 3 11 4
9 1992-11-09
1992-11-20
Leszek Pawlowicz 190 $902,609
($1,568,881)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 11 1 0 3 13 2
10 1993-11-15
1993-11-26
Tom Nosek 185 $748,729
($1,267,493)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 7 4 1 3 8 7
11 1994-11-14
1994-11-25
Rachael Schwartz 225 $813,390
($1,341,083)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 3 0 3 12 3
12 1995-11-13
1995-11-24
Ryan "Fritz" Holznagel 185 $737,109
($1,184,456)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 5 7 0 3 14 1
13 1996-11-18
1996-11-29
Michael Dupée 186 $770,893
($1,199,691)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 8 4 0 3 11 4
14 1998-02-02
1998-02-13
Dan Melia 229 $743,614
($1,133,651)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 6 5 1 3 11 4
15 1999-02-08
1999-02-19
Dave Abbott 191 $695,076
($1,042,906)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 9 4 1 1 11 4
16 2000-05-08
2000-05-19
Robin Carroll 226 $678,297
($976,190)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 11 0 0 4 9 6
18 2001-10-22
2001-11-02
Brad Rutter 265 $877,104
($1,220,327)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 14 0 0 1 13 2
19 2003-05-05
2003-05-16
Mark Dawson 289 $1,134,041
($1,525,356)
$250,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 7 7 0 1 11 4
21 2004-09-20
2004-10-01
Russ Schumacher 202 $1,484,095
($1,928,925)
$250,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 2 2 7 2 2 12 3
22 2006-05-08
2006-05-19
Michael Falk 228 $1,659,207
($2,022,340)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 3 3 2 5 2 13 2
24 2007-11-05
2007-11-16
Celeste DiNucci 270 $1,482,012
($1,740,384)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 0 8 4 2 1 11 4
25 2009-03-11
2009-03-24
Dan Pawson 276 $1,679,466
($1,948,785)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 3 5 7 0 0 10 5
26 2010-05-10
2010-05-21
Vijay Balse 209 $1,567,076
($1,772,792)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 2 4 6 0 3 12 3
28 2011-11-02
2011-11-15
Roger Craig 269 $1,965,082
($2,143,922)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 5 4 4 0 2 13 2
29 2013-02-13
2013-02-26
Colby Burnett 235 $1,564,325
($1,663,056)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 5 3 4 0 3 12 3
31 2014-11-10
2014-11-21
Ben Ingram 273 $2,274,442
($2,377,189)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 7 4 1 0 3 9 6
32 2015-11-09
2015-11-20
Alex Jacob 240 $2,005,421
($2,085,550)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 4 7 2 1 1 11 4
34 2017-11-06
2017-11-17
Buzzy Cohen 395 $2,277,599 $250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 9 2 0 0 4 13 2

Finish Regular College Teachers Teen Senior
Winner 25 1 1 0 0
Second 26 1 0 0 0
Third 24 1 0 0 2
Semifinalist 140 10 1 8 3
Quarterfinalist 131 15 5 6 5
Weighted avg. $34,986 $20,536 $40,714 ($7,857) ($15,500)

Notes:

Qualification of tournament winners into the Tournament of Champions:

The listed values for the first and second runners-up are minimum guarantees; players finishing in those two places receive their score in the two-day final if it exceeds the listed value. Per J! Archive:

The prize minimum for finalists was instituted after 1986 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up Marvin Shinkman petitioned TPTB. Both he and 1st runner-up Paul Rouffa ended with 2-day cumulative scores less than $5,000 against tournament champion Chuck Forrest. (The previous year, the two nonwinning finalists both ended with more than $5,000 scores.)

The minimum values have not been exceeded since they were set at their current values in 2006; the last player to receive his two-day final score was 2003 first runner-up Brian Weikle.

From 1985 through 1993, the qualifying period for the ToC was the prior season. Starting in 1994, the qualifying period was modified to the time between ToCs, subject to modifications as TPTB see fit; the producers never disclose the cutoff dates. Catherine Hardee's appearance in the 2015 ToC is an example of the exercise of this prerogative, as she first appeared before the 2014 ToC. In determining the end of qualification for the latter, I've applied Occam's razor; the most logical date is July 18, 2014, the last regular game of Season 30.

The qualification period for the Season 21 ToC is considered to have ended on June 1, 2004 (the day before Ken Jennings's first appearance), and the Season 22 ToC qualifying period commenced on November 30, 2004 (the day Ken lost in regular play). Since Jennings did not appear in a standard format Tournament of Champions, his seventy-four wins are not considered part of either qualifying cycle. Jennings instead was seeded into the final of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, against two finalists emerging from a field of past Jeopardy! greats. The seeding and prize structure of the UToC guaranteed Jennings no less than a winner's paycheck ($250,000 for third place; he actually earned twice that for finishing in second).

Between the Season 16 (2000) and Season 18 (2001) Tournaments of Champions, sixteen players retired as undefeated five-time champions. The field for the latter was filled on July 3, 2001, when Kevin Keach became the 14th such player. Alan Bailey and Mark Dawson each became five-time champions between that date and the 2001 ToC, and were thus held over to the next ToC in May 2003. Notwithstanding this, the qualification period for the 2001 ToC ran all the way to October 19, 2001, the game before it commenced. This is based on Ramsey Campbell's non-invitation to the 2003 ToC. Campbell won four games and $49,201; doubling that total to give it parity with those who played after clue values were doubled would have qualified him.

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