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Game shows are a staple of television. They seem easy to produce, give away money to everyday people, and…well, what else are you going to watch when you’re stuck in a waiting room or home sick from school? So we thought it would be fun to rank popular game shows based on a few factors: longevity, prize money given away, and ratings.
Game shows have made household names out of ordinary people for being smart and lucky. Ken Jennings, for example, has earned over $4.1 million dollars from doing game shows alone. But have you heard of Brad Rutter? (Probably not.) He has earned over $4.5 million from doing just two game shows! He beat Jennings’ earning on Jeopardy! by over a million dollars. I guess what we’re getting at here is that there are a lot of people who got life-changing money from something as simple as spinning a wheel or playing Plinko. So without further ado, let’s get into it.