Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 31, 2021

Happy Monday! Today’s the first day of Mayim Bialik’s hosting stint. All contestant winnings will be matched and donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Business of Television) for Monday, May 31, 2021 (Season 37, Game 176):

The day it debuted in 1980, this network with an Italian name aired a Carnegie Hall celebration of Aaron Copland’s 80th birthday

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kevin Hirsh, an attorney from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kevin Hirsh on Jeopardy!
Eliza Cope, an elementary school science teacher originally from Boston, Massachusetts
Eliza Cope on Jeopardy!
Amanda Ganske, a product marketing manager from Austin, Texas (3-day total: $53,199)
Amanda Ganske on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: The Tournament of Champions has finished, and Amanda Ganske returns as a 3-day champion having won $53,199. The usual Memorial Day technical difficulties have beset Jeopardy!’s website today; the information about her challengers will be posted once it becomes available.

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Correct response: What is Bravo?

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Bravo, which launched on December 8, 1980, aired An American Birthday: Copland at 80 from Carnegie Hall on its launch day. The American Symphony Orchestra, under Copland’s direction, played Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Short Symphony”.

Launched as a premium cable channel dedicated to film and the performing arts, it is now best known for programming such as the early-2000s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Real Housewives franchise, Top Chef, Project Runway, Vanderpump Rules, and Million Dollar Listing.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $16,400
Amanda $12,600
Eliza $11,100

Tonight’s results:
Eliza $11,100 – $1,501 = $9,599 (What is)
Amanda $12,600 + $12,600 = $25,200 (What is Bravo?)
Kevin $16,400 + $8,801 = $25,201 (What is Bravo?) (1-day total: $25,201)

Kevin Hirsh, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 31, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Kevin $5,600
Eliza $5,100
Amanda $5,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NOT QUITE A CONSTELLATION $800 (clue #19)
Eliza 2800 +1300 (Amanda 5000 Kevin 1200)
2) POSSESSIVE GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #4)
Kevin 7200 +2000 (Amanda 3800 Eliza 5500)
3) IT’S ALL IN THE PAST $1200 (clue #20, $12800 left on board)
Eliza 8300 +2000 (Amanda 9000 Kevin 14400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 98

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 188 (1.07 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Kevin $15,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Amanda $12,600 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Eliza $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $37,600
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Amanda Ganske, career statistics:
79 correct, 12 incorrect
7/7 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
34.65% in first on buzzer (79/228)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,650

Eliza Cope, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,300)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $9,800

Kevin Hirsh, career statistics:
20 correct, 1 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,200

Kevin Hirsh, to win:
2 games: 49.146%
3: 24.153%
4: 11.870%
5: 5.834%
6: 2.867%
Avg. streak: 1.966 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $28,201 has been donated to the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
  • Today’s game is the first regular-play game won by $1 since February 19, 2020.
  • I’m clearly of the opinion that Jeopardy! should prompt for more information more often. I personally think that the judges should have asked for a “be more specific” on Hoffman, referring to the actor who portrayed Truman Capote in Capote. (Notably, there are two major Oscar-winning actors named Hoffman—Dustin and Philip Seymour. Obviously, the judges disagreed. It’s their judgement call.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 31, 2021"

  1. Today’s category The Business of Television is a gentle reminder that the next permanent host of Jeopardy! should be someone who would grow the viewership. The “suits” who make the final decision will most assuredly be taking that factor into consideration.

  2. I agree with your thought on specificity. Many a time a response by a contestant has prompted a “Which one?” response from me.

  3. David John Craven | May 31, 2021 at 4:59 pm |

    I was quite impressed with the host. Quite impressed. While its only one show, she’s easily been the most calm, professional and friendly of all of the hosts.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | May 31, 2021 at 5:15 pm |

    She was fine, but I think it should be buzzy or ken. I think former players have a unique insight that elevates them over the rest.

  5. I have no idea if she is interested in the full time gig but I really like Bialik. The idea that she likely knows a large percentage of these answers makes her very believable.

    Part of Alex’s genius was that he made you believe he actually knew the answers. Especially on triple stumpers.

  6. I actually thought it was Dustin Hoffman, so I guess I would have been right.
    Mayim did a great job. I wonder if the show could actually continue with rotating hosts. They have all been great. Buzzy, Anderson, and Ken are 1,2,3.

  7. Andy’s comment about Hoffman made me think of Ken’s first-ever Final Jeopardy response of “Who is Jones?” And Alex saying, “There aren’t that many.”

  8. Debbie Stover | June 1, 2021 at 9:10 am |

    Andy, I’ve often thought how interesting it was that Ken Jennings’s “Jones” answer was accepted in FJ on day one of his historic run. (I don’t know if Ken ever said whether he knew it was Marion Jones or that was simply a very canny guess.)

    What I’m wondering is: Is there a mechanism for the judges to request more specific information from a contestant during FJ?

    If I’d been a judge that day, I’d have wanted to know which Jones.


    • There is no way for the judges to ask. If the judges think you are insufficiently specific in Final Jeopardy, they will rule against you.

      That said: I think the judges made the right call in 2004. There was only one prominent Jones at the 2000 Olympics. To ask “which Jones” would be unnecessary.

      • Debbie Stover | June 1, 2021 at 10:38 am |

        But Andy, the question wasn’t about the 2000 Olympics. I believe it said “in a single Olympics.” So if you didn’t know the answer, “Smith” or “Jones” would’ve been an excellent guess.

        Obviously, in the old days of cards and markers, there wouldn’t have been a way to request more specific information. I just thought that with electronic screens now, they might have a way to do it.

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