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Mayim Bialik Says Her 15-Year-Old Son Encouraged Her to Guest Host Jeopardy!
The Big Bang Theory actress said on Monday's episode that she hopes she is making her sons Miles and Frederick "proud""As I start my second week of guest-hosting Jeopardy!, I want to thank my 15-year-old, Miles," Bialik, 45, said at the top of the show. "He was the one who first suggested I give this a try and I hope I am making him and his little brother, Frederick, proud.
Every once in a while, we're treated to an out-of-nowhere, oddball title match-up. The 2021 NBA Finals, which pit the Phoenix Suns against the Milwaukee Bucks, is the one of the strangest and most unexpected in recent sports memory.
And despite the relatively smaller markets -- Milwaukee is the 37th ranked Nielsen designated market area, the smallest TV market to be in the NBA Finals since Oklahoma City in 2012, while Phoenix ranks as a more respectable 11th -- this year's NBA Finals should still be able to top last year's in viewership, no matter how far it goes.
Last year's NBA Finals shed half of its audience despite featuring LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The six-game showdown against the Miami Heat drew 7.4 million viewers, and was the first time since 2016 the Finals were out-viewed by the World Series (which). There were numerous caveats to that number, of course, the biggest being that the NBA Finals took place in October in a fan-less bubble environment.
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Those caveats are why this year's matchup, which is still taking place a month later than normal, should provide a bounce back in viewership.
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Plus, there's something to be said about the weirdness of this year's competition. The Suns made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and secured their first appearance in the Finals since Charles Barkley fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the early '90s. The Bucks, meanwhile, have been knocking on the door the past few years and finally broke through this year for that franchise's first Finals appearance since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still known as Lew Alcindor.
The Suns have never won a title while the Bucks won their only championship in 1971.
How Sharing the Campaign Spotlight Has Been a 'Game-Changer' for Andrew and Evelyn Yang
"I understand that Andrew is the front-runner in this race … so the level of scrutiny is just unbelievably high," Evelyn tells PEOPLEIf (as the old saying tells us) absence makes the heart grow fonder, then candidates for public office would certainly reap the rewards from their months on the road and away from home.
In terms of star power, the Suns have rising star Devin Booker as well as future Hall-of-Famer and State Farm commercials star Chris Paul, who is in his first Finals. The Bucks are led by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, though his health for the series is a huge question mark.
The NBA has rebounded this postseason from last year's COVID-delayed bubble, which pushed the playoffs and Finals into the fall. ESPN/ABC's playoff coverage was up 34% with just a hair under 4 million viewers.
That comes despite a rash of injuries to top stars including (deep breath) LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Jamal Murray, Kawhi Leonard, Trae Young and the aforementioned Antetokounmpo. Even the Suns' Paul missed the first two games of the Western Conference Finals due to COVID-19 protocols.
The 2021 NBA Finals begin Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ABC.
'Jeopardy' Contestant Sets All-Time Lowest Score Record During LeVar Burton's First Show .
Monday's "Jeopardy!" had the honor of housing two historic moments for the show: LeVar Burton's long-awaited debut as guest host and a contestant setting a new record for the competition's all-time lowest score. Yes, the best "Jeopardy!" day ever for many fans -- due to the "Reading Rainbow" alum's inclusion -- was also the worst for Patrick Pearce, a produce specialist from Fountain Valley, Calif. Pearce racked up a score of -$7,400, besting (in a bad way) previous record holder Stephanie Hull's -$6,800 in March 2015.