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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.