I am a Thought Leader of Television, and so I've been asked to ruminate on the Big News that Jeopardy!—yeah! the exclamation point! is officially part of the title!—beat Wheel of Fortune in the ratings a coupla weeks ago, the first time in over a decade, and is this perhaps an indicator that maybe America is trending smarter? Please? More Smart People watching teevee, at least? Of course not! Nobody's getting smarter! It's Television!
With these ratings, we're talking Syndicated Game Shows here, not the all-total of Television, or even just Syndicated shows, because Judge Judy
and a block of animal and nature shows packaged as a thing called Weekend Adventure (consult your local listings) consistently rack up over Jeopardy! and Wheel, and if we are talking game shows, while it's lately been running about two points below Jeopardy! and Wheel, one cannot ignore the ratings power and intellectual scarcity of the current incarnation of Family Feud,
which has occasionally beaten both shows in the Year of Our Lord 2014,