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Jeopardy's Ibm Challenge Gets Very One-Sided

Jeopardy's Ibm Challenge Gets Very One-Sided
(Spoiler Warning: Don't read this if you don't want to know who or what won on "Jeopardy" Tuesday.) Uh-oh, humans. The first round of Jeopardy's "Ibm Challenge" -- pitting all-time best human players Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an Ibm trivia machine -- ended poorly for the flesh-and- blood competitors Tuesday. But humanity still has one more night to make a last stand. Though Watson ended up tied with Rutter at $5,000 each at the end of Monday's episode, it ran away with a total of $35,734 on Tuesday, double the total
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'Jeopardy!' calls champs for joust

'Jeopardy!' calls champs for joust
Is Ken Jennings the best Jeopardy! player ever? That's what the producers of the syndicated game show aim to find out with a recently announced "Super Tournament" that will take place over 15 weeks starting early next year. Jennings, 30, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, started his 74-game winning streak June 2 and went on to win more than $2.5 million -- setting a record for the most money ever won on a television game show.

Syndie shows see boost during sweep

Syndie shows see boost during sweep
The November sweep proved bountiful for most syndicated shows. Researchers said that recent changes to Nielsen Media Research's methodology have made it difficult to render apples-to-apples comparisons with the previous November sweep. But compared with their October averages, most syndicated shows are showing improvement, with many up double digits. Leading the syndication pack for the November sweep were game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! which took the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in all of syndication. Wheel averaged a 9.2 household rating for the sweep, according to Nielsen figures, and was up 7% from October. Jeopardy! averaged an 8.2 (up 5%) for the sweep, which ran Nov. 4-Dec. 1. Jeopardy! was boosted by a whopping 11.6 on Nov. 30 -- the day that contestant Ken Jennings' 74-game winning streak ended. Another game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (3.5), was up 9%, followed by Family Feud (2.0, flat) and Street Smarts (0.9, flat).

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