July 15, 2004 08:00 AM

Ken Jennings continues to prove to be the Energizer Bunny of Jeopardy!

The unstoppable game-show champ, making his record 31st consecutive appearance on the syndicated show Wednesday, brought his total earnings to $1,022,460.

Jennings, 30, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has set the benchmark for playing in a regular game, and his recent streak has given a boost to the long-running program, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

This Tuesday’s episode, on which Jennings passed the $1 million mark, delivered an 11.1 rating/21 share in Nielsen Media Research’s top 56 “metered” markets – and increase of 25 percent over the 8.9/17 average that Jeopardy! posted in the metered markets during the week of June 28, when Jennings was already well into his winning streak.

Jennings has said he plans to invest his winnings for his wife, Mindy, and their 1 1/2-year-old son, Dylan.

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