Amazing Race comes in third place in its new Sunday timeslot

CBS keeps moving The Amazing Race, and it’s just not helping. The show placed third in its new Sunday night timeslot, beaten by both Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Sunday Night Football.

An average of 10.1 million people watched the start of the new race, while Ty Pennington drew 11.5 million. Both were stomped by football’s 18.4 million viewers.

But there was more bad news for Phil and his new bag o’ dirty tricks: “the debut slipped 11% compared with last fall’s premiere among the core audience of adults ages 18 to 49,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Just to grind the splinter in a bit deeper, the LA Times notes that, along with the news that Survivor had its lowest debut yet, this means “CBS is entering the new season … with two of its top reality franchises showing signs of advanced age.”

‘Amazing Race’ lags in ratings contest [Los Angeles Times]

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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