Amazing Race 15 places last in viewers 18-49, gets beaten by Extreme Makeover

Without football overrunning and pushing 60 Minutes into its timeslot, and facing off against football and another reality series, The Amazing Race 15 did not do well in the ratings last night. At 8 p.m., it was the least-watched show among young viewers ages 18 to 49, and placed third among overall viewers, just ahead of The Simpsons.

Overall, 9.949 million people watched, ahead of The Simpsons’ 9.317 million, but behind football on NBC and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s 11.702 million viewers, according to TV By the Numbers. Ty Pennington and his Sears products even had more young viewers: his show had a 3.4 rating, while TAR had 2.8, the lowest of the hour.

Last week, the two-hour debut’s first half-hour was mostly 60 Minutes, but 10.35 million watched in the second half-hour, and then at 9 p.m., 9.98 million watched followed by 9.89 million. Around 9.9 million viewers seems to be pretty consistent from week to week.

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