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Winner of the Smallest Score in ‘Jeopardy!’ History

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Winner of the Smallest Score in ‘Jeopardy!’ History

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Yesterday evening marked the premiere of esteemed performer and filmmaker LeVar Burton as a special presenter on ABC’s audience-adored daytime quiz, Jeopardy! Enthusiasts have eagerly awaited Burton’s appearance on the series and have expressed desires for him to take on the role of permanent host following the demise of Alex Trebek last year. Now that he has received this chance, all eyes are fixed on him. Or, so they were meant to be until something even more extraordinary overshadowed his introduction: the distressing lack of knowledge exhibited by a contestant.

One of the participants in the episode, Patrick Pearce, a specialist in products from Fountain View, California, attained a Jeopardy! milestone by achieving the lowest score in the entire history of the show. With an abundance of incorrect responses leading to a final score of an unprecedented negative $7,400, Pearce surpassed the previous record low score of negative $6,800 established in 2015. This performance resembled what one might recall from the old “Celebrity Jeopardy” segments on Saturday Night Live. Throughout the show, it appeared as though Pearce was on the verge of recovery with a correct answer to elevate him out of the depths, but it was a question on US government buildings in the Daily Double round that ultimately sealed his fate.

Twitter has shown an outpouring of sympathy and encouragement for Pearce, especially given that many tuned in for the first time in a while to witness him set this rather humiliating record with Burton’s inaugural appearance as guest host. Although the exact ratings for the episode have not been disclosed publicly, it’s quite likely that the combination of Burton’s debut and Pearce’s record-breaking performance will result in exceptional viewership numbers.

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