"JEOPARDY!" CHAMPION CROSSES TWO MILLION DOLLAR MARK
Ken Jennings Closing in On All-Time Record
CULVER CITY, CA, October 26, 2004 - Jeopardy! master player Ken Jennings continues in his attempt to make game show history, winning an even $30,000 yesterday and bringing his grand total to date to a cool $2,006,300.
Since his June 2nd debut on Jeopardy!, the 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City has eclipsed every game show record in television history�except one. Jennings now places second among the list of All-Time Top Game Show Winners. Showing no signs of slowing down, Jennings is hot on the heels of all-time cash winner Kevin Olmstead who amassed $2,180,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2001.
Jennings returns tonight to defend his championship on what critics say
is "the world�s toughest quiz show."
A Jeopardy! rule change introduced at the beginning of last season allows contestants to continue playing as long as they keep winning. Previously, champions had been limited to five wins.
Jeopardy!, a winner of 24 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, was recently listed among "The Greatest Game Shows of All Time" by TV Guide, and continues to be a ratings champion. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication, and has held that title for over 1,000 weeks. Jeopardy! is produced by
Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, and is distributed domestically by King World Productions, Inc. The series is also distributed internationally by CBS Paramount International Television.