All-stars cause Amazing Race ratings to fall

The Amazing Race 11‘s first episode was not helped by the presence of familiar, all-star faces; in fact, they seem to have hurt the show. It lost viewers both during the hour and was down compared to the previous two seasons.

The show “fell 27 percent from its premiere last February and 14 percent from its premiere in September,” TV Week reports. The show placed third in its hour, beating only NBC’s Grease: You’re the One I Want.

Perhaps most damningly, the show lost viewers as the show went on–and for The Amazing Race, which builds tension as the hour progresses, that’s a horrible sign. The show started by “taking the lead with an 8.2 rating and a 13 share, but its audience dropped by nearly a third in the second half hour, as ratings fell to a 5.8/9,” according to Nielsen.

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Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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