Jeopardy! creator Merv Griffin, with the game show’s original host, Art Flemming. NBCU Photo Bank A 55-year-old show that commands 23 million viewers and is the top-rated game show in history. The answer is: “What is Jeopardy!?” In 1964, the answers-first show made its debut. But if not for a group of popular—and fraudulent—quiz shows, it may never have existed in the first place.