The reason why ABC is airing ‘Jeopardy Greatest of all Time’ tournament

While the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament is airing on ABC, the traditional “Jeopardy!” episodes are still airing on their normal stations.

  • The regular “Jeopardy!” series is a syndicated show, meaning it is sold to one station in each market (in some cases, two stations, usually corporate cousins, may air the show).
  • This means it can be on the NBC station in one market, a CBS in another and the ABC or other station in others.
  • In most major markets, the local ABC affiliate does carry “Jeopardy!” — thanks to a group deal with ABC owned stations.
  • This is also likely while ABC was selected to air the “Greatest of All Time” tournament during primetime.
  • In cities where the ABC affiliate carries the popular game show, the regular episodes and “GOAT” tournament will air on the same station.
  • However, in some markets, the primetime “GOAT” episodes will air on a different station.

It’s also worth noting that the “GOAT” episodes were taped in a single block in between the taping of normal episodes but using the same studio.

  • To give the “Greatest” tournament a unique feel, the show’s set was updated during taping of the special games.
  • However, the show’s normal episodes continue to air in most markets, so the set will appear to “revert” back to its normal look.
  • In reality, however, the set was modified only once for all the games needed to complete the “GOAT” tournament — and then restored for taping of normal games.