Huge Ratings As He Retires

(TheIndependentStar.com) – The final broadcast featuring Pat Sajak on “Wheel of Fortune” has marked a significant surge in viewership, as fans tuned in to witness the departure of the iconic host who significantly shaped the show’s success.

Sajak’s concluding episode, which aired on June 7 after his tenure of over four decades, attracted over 11 million viewers, reports The Hollywood Reporter, cited by The Daily Wire.

This episode recorded the highest viewership for the syndicated game show in over four years—since April 2020, coinciding with the early stages of the global pandemic.

Excluding sporting events, this episode emerged as the highest-rated program on both cable and broadcast television throughout the day for the week spanning June 3-9, as highlighted by the publication.

Throughout Sajak’s final week on air, “Wheel of Fortune” experienced a noticeable increase in its viewership, averaging 8.5 million viewers and achieving an 18-week peak in household ratings with a score of 5.0.

“Well, the time has come to say goodbye. I have a few thanks and acknowledgments before I go, and I want to start with all watching out there. It’s been an incredible privilege to be invited into millions of homes night after night, year after year, decade after decade,” Sajak expressed in his parting words.

“I always felt that the privilege came with the responsibility to keep this daily half-hour a safe place for family fun. No social issues. No politics. Nothing embarrassing, I hope. Just a game. But gradually it became more than that,” he remarked further.

Sajak elaborated on the broader impact of the show, stating, “A place where kids learned their letters, where people from other countries honed their English skills, where families came together along with friends and neighbors, and entire generations. What an honor to play even a small part in all of that,” he continued.

“Thank you for allowing me into your lives,” the host concluded.

Sajak had previously announced his impending departure from the show last year, with his co-host Vanna White, who first joined him in 1982, planning to stay.

“Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last,” he wrote on June 12, 2023. “It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!),” he added.

Following this announcement, Ryan Seacrest was confirmed as his successor, with Seacrest expressing on social media platform X, “truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak.”

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