LeVar Burton’s debut as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host overshadowed by record for lowest score ever

It was LeVar Burton’s highly-anticipated debut as a fill-in Jeopardy! host Monday, and while it remains to be seen if the episode broke any ratings records – judging by the amount of love he’s been getting that could very well happen – we do know that a different kind of record was broken. The record for lowest score ever.

The contestant was Patrick Pearce, a product specialist from Fountain View, California. With his amount of wrong answers dipping into double digits, he was climbing out of the hole most of the night before taking a major blow during a Daily Double, and it was a question about U.S. government buildings overseas that finally put him into record breaking territory.

Pearce’s $-7,400 breaks a record previously held by Stephanie Hull since March 12th, 2015, when she posted $-6,800, according to a write up in Slate.

Of course viewers on Twitter took notice of Pearce’s accomplishments, both by having a little fun with him and also feeling his pain.

Lowest Jeopardy score ever should be his new Bumble bio.

— Michael Sheehan (@BiggusDingus) July 27, 2021

I feel so bad for Patrick. His nerves really got to him. Maybe @Jeopardy can do a second chance tournament??? #Jeopardy

— Electric Nachos (@Electric_Nachos) July 27, 2021

According to my Jeopardy-obsessed son, the dude who finished in the negative set a record for the lowest score in the modern era.

— Noel Murray (@NoelMu) July 27, 2021

Is this guy Patrick’s negative $7400 a record low? Very impressive

— Gonzo (@GtoTheNZO) July 26, 2021

Oh no did he get the lowest score in Jeopardy! history?

— 🌈 Tricia (@rainbowstiel) July 27, 2021

On what was supposed to be Burton’s big night, one fan perfectly pointed out the elephant in the room. With an obvious push among his fans to boost Burton’s episode ratings, Pearce’s record-breaking performance was most likely on display in front of an even bigger audience than would have normally been watching Jeopardy!.

Wait, hold up. Did I (and probably a whole lotta other folks) just tune in for the first time in a LONG time to watch the lowest recorded score in #Jeopardy history? If so, now I feel even worse for him😬

— DOUG (@ickybooley) July 26, 2021

Jeopardy! airs weeknights, check your local listings.

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