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This Week in TV News: GoT, Beyoncé and ‘Jeopardy!’

By Felicia Graff
04/19/19 < 1 minute READ

Beyoncé’s new documentary hit Netflix this week, and a Las Vegas man is attracting a younger demo to “Jeopardy!” Read the latest in TV news.

Winter is here, and so are big ratings. “Game of Thrones” is officially HBO’s most popular show. The final season’s premiere episode came in with 17 million views last Sunday, not even taking in account views from digital video recorders and on-demand as well as catch-up viewing on HBO. (WSJ)

Beyoncé doc comes to Netflix.  Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” premiered at 3 am Wednesday morning. The documentary chronicles the pop star’s 2018 Coachella performances, which were “designed to bring a specifically African American feel and experience to the world, basing the whole show in her love for the culture of historically black colleges and universities,” according to Variety. Netflix acquired the doc for an unspecified amount. (Variety)

Las Vegas man’s “Jeopardy!” winning streak boosts ratings. Game show contestant James Holzhauer’s two-week streak (in which he won about $700,000) brought in a 7.7 household rating on Monday, up 15% from a week earlier. Notably, Holzhauer has outperformed prime-time broadcast programs among adults under 35 for six out of ten nights of his run. (Vulture)

Consumers are interested in ad-supported OTT. An OpenX survey found 54% of respondents said they preferr a “cheaper or free service that was supported by ads, compared to a more expensive ad-free service.” (MediaPost)