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]

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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