Consolidated Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions data

Because the J! Archive is Tournament of Champions-complete - that is, all thirty events are fully archived - some data can be synthesized and presented about them. I also have a page that compares ToC performance with regular play.

"Length" is the number of regular-play games during which champions qualified into that particular ToC. "Winnings" is the aggregate total of what that ToC's fifteen competitiors won in their regular games and the tournaments they won. These sums exclude cash prizes for runners-up since May 2002, as well as money won in Super Jeopardy! for the Season 2-7 ToCs. They are also "uncorrected" - that is, they are not adjusted for differences in clue values and payouts to tournament winners. Below each total in italics, however, is that total inflation-adjusted to September 2022 dollars.

ToC Season Start/end dates Winner Length Winnings 1st 2nd 3rd SF QF 6+ 5 4 3 Auto Men Women Non-binary
1st 2 1985-11-11
1985-11-22
Jerry Frankel 195 $618,791
($1,684,974)
$100,000 2-day total 2-day total $5,000 $1,000 15 0 0 0 12 3
2nd 3 1986-11-10
1986-11-21
Chuck Forrest 185 $562,108
($1,511,215)
$100,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $1,000 5 10 0 0 14 1
3rd 4 1987-11-09
1987-11-20
Bob Verini 200 $628,964
($1,617,691)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 4 0 2 15 0
4th 5 1988-11-07
1988-11-18
Mark Lowenthal 200 $738,702
($1,822,549)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 4 0 2 10 5
5th 6 1989-11-06
1989-11-17
Tom Cubbage 190 $623,627
($1,470,194)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 5 7 0 3 11 4
6th 7 1990-11-05
1990-11-16
Bob Blake 190 $768,405
($1,704,550)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 11 1 0 3 13 2
7th 8 1991-11-04
1991-11-15
Jim Scott 190 $819,651
($1,765,450)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 8 4 0 3 11 4
8th 9 1992-11-09
1992-11-20
Leszek Pawlowicz 190 $902,609
($1,886,631)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 11 1 0 3 13 2
9th 10 1993-11-15
1993-11-26
Tom Nosek 185 $748,729
($1,524,203)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 7 4 1 3 8 7
10th 11 1994-11-14
1994-11-25
Rachael Schwartz 225 $813,390
($1,612,697)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 9 3 0 3 12 3
11th 12 1995-11-13
1995-11-24
Ryan "Fritz" Holznagel 185 $737,109
($1,424,348)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 5 7 0 3 14 1
12th 13 1996-11-18
1996-11-29
Michael Dupée 186 $770,893
($1,442,668)
$100,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 8 4 0 3 11 4
13th 14 1998-02-02
1998-02-13
Dan Melia 229 $743,614
($1,363,253)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 6 5 1 3 11 4
14th 15 1999-02-08
1999-02-19
Dave Abbott 191 $695,076
($1,254,128)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 9 4 1 1 11 4
15th 16 2000-05-08
2000-05-19
Robin Carroll 226 $678,297
($1,173,901)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 11 0 0 4 9 6
16th 18 2001-10-22
2001-11-02
Brad Rutter 265 $877,104
($1,465,006)
$100,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 14 0 0 1 13 2
17th 19 2003-05-05
2003-05-16
Mark Dawson 289 $1,134,041
($1,834,291)
$250,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 7 7 0 1 11 4
18th 21 2004-09-20
2004-10-01
Russ Schumacher 202 $1,484,095
($2,319,596)
$250,000 $50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 2 2 7 2 2 12 3
19th 22 2006-05-08
2006-05-19
Michael Falk 228 $1,659,207
($2,431,930)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 3 3 2 5 2 13 2
20th 24 2007-11-05
2007-11-16
Celeste DiNucci 270 $1,482,012
($2,092,869)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 0 8 4 2 1 11 4
21st 25 2009-03-11
2009-03-24
Dan Pawson 276 $1,679,466
($2,343,478)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 3 5 7 0 0 10 5
22nd 26 2010-05-10
2010-05-21
Vijay Balse 209 $1,567,076
($2,131,840)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 2 4 6 0 3 12 3
23rd 28 2011-11-02
2011-11-15
Roger Craig 269 $1,965,082
($2,578,138)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 5 4 4 0 2 13 2
24th 29 2013-02-13
2013-02-26
Colby Burnett 235 $1,564,325
($1,999,880)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 5 3 4 0 3 12 3
25th 31 2014-11-10
2014-11-21
Ben Ingram 273 $2,274,442
($2,858,648)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 7 4 1 0 3 9 6
26th 32 2015-11-09
2015-11-20
Alex Jacob 240 $2,005,421
($2,507,942)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 4 7 2 1 1 11 4
27th 34 2017-11-06
2017-11-17
Buzzy Cohen 395 $2,277,599
($2,740,554)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 9 2 0 0 4 13 2
28th 36 2019-11-04
2019-11-15
James Holzhauer 324 $4,066,343
($4,692,401)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 5 4 3 1 2 11 4
29th 37 2021-05-17
2021-05-28
Sam Kavanaugh 258 $2,267,489
($2,500,079)
$250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 4 3 5 1 2 10 5
30th 39 2022-10-31
2022-11-21
Amy Schneider 368 $5,750,089 $250,000 $100,000 $50,000 $10,000 $5,000 10 2 5 0 4 11 9 1

Finish Regular College Teachers Professors Second Chance Teen Senior Men Women Non-binary
Winner 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 26 4
Second 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
Third 25 1 1 1 0 0 2 23 7
Semifinalist 156 12 1 0 0 8 3 136 44
Quarterfinalist 151 16 6 0 2 6 5 136 49 1
Weighted avg. $34,614 $19,355 $37,778 $50,000 $5,000 ($7,857) ($15,500)

Notes:

Qualification of tournament winners into the Tournament of Champions:

The listed values for the first and second runners-up are minimum guarantees; players finishing in those two places receive their score in the two-day final if it exceeds the listed value. (In the 30th (2022) ToC, with its first-to-three-wins format, the values are fixed.) Per J! Archive:

The prize minimum for finalists was instituted after 1986 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up Marvin Shinkman petitioned TPTB. Both he and 1st runner-up Paul Rouffa ended with 2-day cumulative scores less than $5,000 against tournament champion Chuck Forrest. (The previous year, the two nonwinning finalists both ended with more than $5,000 scores.)

The minimum guarantees have not been exceeded since they were set at their current values in 2006; the last player to receive his two-day final score was 2003 first runner-up Brian Weikle.

From 1985 through 1993, the qualifying period for the ToC was the prior season; this will be once again the case from 2023 onward. From 1994 to 2022, the qualifying period was generally the period between ToCs, subject to modifications as TPTB saw fit; the producers generally did not disclose the cutoff dates. Instances of deviations:

Three wins had traditionally been the minimum for regular play contestants to be eligible to participate in the Tournament of Champions. (As of the 30th ToC, that minimum for eligibility increases to four.) Through the end of Season 19, when champions retired undefeated after five wins, that achievement came with automatic qualification to the next ToC; since "sky's the limit" came into effect in September 2003, it remains a de facto guarantee of entry. (As of Season 38, that is now a de jure guarantee, as Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have both mentioned it repeatedly.) No player with at least five wins in regular play has ever failed to qualify for a standard format Tournament of Champions; as I'm using it, "failed to qualify" means "did not appear solely on account of not having won enough games and/or money." Depending on how you consider one instance, four or five players with at least five wins didn't play in a ToC for other reasons:

Additionally, the 2019 Tournament of Champions had, for the first time, an automatic bid winner who did not appear in the ToC:

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