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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 21, 2019 1:00 am

People

'Jeopardy!' loss brings ratings win

Associated Press

A case can be made that “Jeopardy!” savant James Holzhauer is one of the year's biggest TV stars, although a short-lived one.

The Nielsen company says that 14.5 million people watched Holzhauer's final show June 3. That's when the professional gambler from Las Vegas was beaten after 32 consecutive wins and more than $2.4 million in prize money.

Holzhauer's finale drew more viewers in the U.S. than the first four games of the NBA Finals, for example. No prime-time entertainment show this season averaged that many people on the night they first aired. It was the most popular “Jeopardy!” episode in 14 years.

Mercury song

Universal Music unveiled a previously unheard and unreleased song by the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

The record label announced the track, “Time Waits for No One,” on Thursday. It was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical “Time” with musician Dave Clark.

A video to accompany the song was also released and includes unseen performance footage of Mercury.

Mercury died in 1991.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Bernie Kopell is 86. Actress Mariette Hartley is 79. Comedian Joe Flaherty is 78. Musician Ray Davies is 75. Actress Meredith Baxter is 72. Actor Michael Gross is 72. Actor Michael Dolan is 54. Actress Carrie Preston is 52. Actress Juliette Lewis is 46. Actor Chris Pratt is 40. Singer Lana Del Rey is 34. Singer Rebecca Black is 22.