Jeopardy! contestants - Seasons 33 and 34 side-by-side
Below are some statistics about the players who appeared on Jeopardy! in its 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Some notes:
- The numbers in the "All" columns take account of players who made their first appearace on the show in the respective seasons. Thus, for Season 34, the two players who were invited back after losing are only counted once, and the Tournament of Champions contestants aren't counted (Austin Rogers appeared earlier in the season, and the remainder of the field first appeared in either Season 33 or 32).
- The ten largest United States media markets are: New York (WABC); Los Angeles (KABC); Chicago (WLS); Philadelphia (WPVI); Dallas-Fort Worth (KTXA); Washington, DC (WJLA); Houston (KTRK); San Francisco (KGO); Atlanta (WXIA), and Boston (WBZ). They were the ten largest in both seasons; although there was some reordering among them, no market moved into or out of the top ten between Seasons 33 and 34. Collectively, they represent just under 30% of U.S. television-viewing households.
- Two markets had players on the show in both seasons, but were represented in regular play in neither. As the table below notes, Tampa was one, with one player in the College Championship in each season (Hannah Whisnant in 2017, Hannah Sage in 2018). The other is Lexington, KY, represented by only a College Championship player in S33 (Zach Atwell) and a Teachers Tournament player in S34 (Claire Bishop).
- The state represented only in special play in Season 33 was Wisconsin; the Badger State had one Teen Tournament player (Jack Bekos), two College Championship players (Allison Holley and Julia Marsan), and one Teachers Tournament player (Sara Holub) in 2016-17. (Oklahoma nearly matched this in 2017-18, but it fielded a contestant in regular play on the final day of the season.)
- South Dakota is the only state not represented in either Season 33 or 34; as of the 2018 summer hiatus, its most recent contestant was Brandon Haschke, who appeared on December 11, 2015.
- The number listed in parentheses next to media markets is the ranking of its size for that season. There are 210 media markets in the United States, of which 208 have affiliates airing Jeopardy! - and the two that don't comprise 0.03% of all television-viewing households.
|SEASON 34 (2017-18)||SEASON 33 (2016-17)|
|U.S. media markets||97||92||91||86|
|U.S. states||45 + DC||45 + DC||44 + DC||43 + DC|
|10 largest media markets||206||192||221||201|
|Media centers (NYC + LA + DC)||125||120||136||126|
|Smallest market represented||Casper, WY (198)||Casper, WY (197)|
|Largest market not represented||Miami (16)||Tampa (13)||Kansas City (33)||Tampa (11)
|Canadian media markets||4||4|
|Teen Tournament markets||(Not played in Season 34)||11|
|Teen Tournament states||12|
|Smallest market represented in the Teen Tournament||Huntsville, AL (79)|
|College Championship markets||13||12|
|College Championship states||10||10|
|Smallest market represented in the College Championship||Baton Rouge, LA (94)||Lexington, KY (63)|
|Teachers Tournament markets||15||13|
|Teachers Tournament states||13||10|
|Smallest market represented in the Teachers Tournament||Medford, OR (136)||Fort Smith, AR (99)|
(Credits: Zap2it & TitanTV for TV schedules for each market; John Coryat (yes, that's actually the last name) for ZIP code maps; ThinkTV for a listing of Canadian market sizes, enabling me to rank them properly with the U.S. markets; and Ads for Carts - Nielsen DMA lookup tool.)
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