Amazing Race finale ratings up significantly, but 685,000 viewers tuned out during it

Despite being comparatively dull, the finale of The Amazing Race 15 last night was up significantly over the last two seasons’ finales, although some viewers turned the show off during the episode.

An average of 12.32 million viewers watched the finale, which is up significantly from the 10.43 million who watched Tammy and Victor win last spring, and from the 10.57 million who watched Nick and Star win a year ago. CBS says that compared to last December’s 13th season finale, it’s “up +15% in both households (from 6.2/09) and adults 25-54 (from 4.0/09), +19% in adults 18-49 (from 3.1/08) and added +1.81m viewers (from 10.51m, +17%).”

Actual interest in the finale and thoughts about its quality may be evident from the break-down that shows how many people watched during each half hour. While typically, more viewers tune in to reality shows–especially finales–toward the end of the episoder, the opposite happened: TV By the Numbers’ data shows that an average of 12.665 people watched the first half-hour, and 11.980 watched the second half-hour, a loss of 685,000 viewers.

It did gain a tenth of a percent in viewers 18 to 49 between the first and second halves, so perhaps it was just the old people who fell asleep.

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