Regular viewers of the show know that the following scenario plays out on Jeopardy! quite often: After a longtime champion is defeated by a new player, that player will often be defeated by another new player in his or her very next game, and, in turn, that player will often be defeated in his or her next game. It sometimes takes a while to find another multi-day champion. This could be prevented by adding a new twist to the show. In fact, this change would greatly improve the show. Yes, Jeopardy! could be improved by making it a double elimination game.
Here’s how it would work. When a champion loses for the first time, he or she would remain on the show as the champ, except in the rare case when the winning challenger has exceeded the champion in wins, in which case that challenger would become the new champ but the former champ would still come back the next day. Any other player with less than two losses would also come back to play the next day. Only when a player suffers a second loss would he or she be replaced by new player the following day. When the champion loses for a second time, the challenger who wins that game would become the new champ.
Anyone can have one bad day or one good day on the show. The true test of a champion is endurance. A player should not be allowed to become the champion simply by handing the previous champ his or her first loss. And likewise, he or she should not be dethroned based on just one loss. Going to a double elimination format would prevent both of those things from happening.