Amazing Race 12 has the series’ best debut ever

The Amazing Race 12‘s debut may have been delayed by a half-hour for most of the country, but it debuted with the series’ highest ratings yet. 13.8 million people watched, which is “the largest premiere audience ever for the five time Emmy Award-winning reality show,” according to CBS.

The network says that, compared to last fall’s debut of The Amazing Race 10, the show saw big increases in viewers: “+35% in households (from 6.3/10), +13% in adults 25-54 (from 4.6/10), +8% in adults 18-49 (from 3.9/09) and added +3.69m viewers (from 10.13m, +36%).”

That makes it “the best delivery ever for a first episode of any season of THE AMAZING RACE in both households and viewers and the best delivery in both adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since THE AMAZING RACE 8’s Sept. 27, 2005 premiere.”

Entertainment, News and Sports Carry CBS to a Sunday Win in Viewers and Adults 25-54 and a Solid Second in Adults 18-49 [CBS press release]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.