Step aside, Ken Jennings. Your reign as Jeopardy‘s highest one-day earner has been usurped! There’s a new sheriff quiz show genius in town. He goes by the name Roger Craig, and on last night’s episode, he took home $77,000, bringing his two-day total to $114,000.
KenJen made a name for himself when he won 74 episodes of Jeopardy! and took home a grand total of $2.52 million back in 2004. Adding onto his feats, Jennings also scored the highest-ever one-day total during his tenure on the show. Since then, no one has been able to topple the trivia king’s record or fame for that matter. (Can you name any other famous Jeopardy! contestants? I didn’t think so.) But all that changed yesterday when Craig, a University of Delaware graduate student, wagered $30,000 on the final Jeopardy category “Literary and Movie Title Objects.” The clue that changed it all: “The inspiration for this title object in a novel and a 1957 movie actually spanned the Mae Khlung River.” And with Craig’s correct response — “What is The Bridge on the River Kwai?” — he made game show history.
We don’t yet know if Craig will outlast the other challengers for 72 more episodes, but we do know he’s now the second most famous contestant to come out of Jeopardy! What do you think, PopWatchers? Does this guy have a chance of breaking KenJen’s other Jeopardy! records? Or are his consecutive wins just a fluke?
‘Jeopardy!’ celebrates its 6,000th episode