Wednesday move causes Amazing Race 9 to lose viewers

CBS moved The Amazing Race 9 to Wednesday because it was suffering from low ratings in its Tuesday at 10 p.m. timeslot, but in its new home, the show performed worse.

Wednesday’s episode was watched by 8.11 million viewers, down from the 9.2 million viewers who watched the previous Tuesday, which previously the season’s worst night. Worse, the show “posted a 3.0 overnight rating among viewers 18-49 in its new Wednesday 8 p.m. timeslot, down 23 percent from the 3.9 it had averaged through five Tuesday 10 p.m. episodes,” Media Life Magazine reports.

Curiously, CBS issued a spin-heavy press release to brag about the ratings. The release’s title says the race “finds success at its new Wednesday pit stop,” and in it, the network says the show “improved upon the week ago time period averages by double digit percentages while adding more than two million viewers.” However, that’s a pretty disingenuous way to describe the ratings, because the show performed better than the comedies CBS was airing Wednesday nights, not better than it was doing on Tuesdays.

Amazing flop: CBS’s ‘Race’ collapses [Media Life Magazine]
“The Amazing Race” Finds Success at its New Wednesday Pit Stop [CBS press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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