The Amazing Race 9 concludes tonight; CBS has ordered The Amazing Race 10

The first post-family disaster season of The Amazing Race concludes tonight with a two-hour episode that starts at 8 p.m. ET. The show has suffered low ratings this season, especially after it was moved to Wednesdays, after starting its season in a new, later timeslot.

Executive producer and creator Bertram van Munster told the New York Times that the time changes were out of his control. “We are the producers of the show; we deliver the show to the network. We really have no say in the programming. What my personal feelings are is irrelevant.” But he also said, “Ideally, you have your time slot and you stay there. That’s not what happened this time around.”

Despite the problems, the show “has been renewed for one more edition, and is in negotiations for more,” the New York Times reports. That’s because the show “still attracted CBS’s youngest audience, making it a valuable series for the network, which is poised to finish the season behind Fox and ABC in the important 18-to-49 age demographic.”

CBS’ Kelly Kahl confirms that, saying, “Nobody expected to be talking about ‘Survivor 13′ or ‘Race No. 10.’ As long as they’re performers, we’ll keep them on the air.”

The Amazing Race 9 [CBS]
The Toughest Mission Yet for ‘The Amazing Race’ [New York Times]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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