Watson Proves a Ratings Winner

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By Noah Davis Comment

So the computer is kicking butt and taking names (Toronto????) in Jeopardy. But the real winner is the show itself, which is averaging its best ratings in four years.

Monday’s show “averaged an 8.7 household rating Monday in the metered markets, according to Nielsen, its best since an 8.8 on Feb. 13, 2007.”

That figure is well above the previous week’s average of 6.8 as well as a 6.4 for the week of Jan. 30 and a 6.5 for the week preceding that one.

Last season, Jeopardy averaged a 7.0 during the February ratings period.

The computer wins again, (except in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, which saw a massive decrease in viewership).

Regardless, IBM must be happy. Monday and Tuesday’s shows were essentially half competition, half infomercial.