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Amazing Race comes in third place in its new Sunday timeslot

CBS keeps moving The Amazing Race, and it’s just not helping. The show placed third in its new Sunday night timeslot, beaten by both Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Sunday Night Football.

An average of 10.1 million people watched the start of the new race, while Ty Pennington drew 11.5 million. Both were stomped by football’s 18.4 million viewers.

But there was more bad news for Phil and his new bag o’ dirty tricks: “the debut slipped 11% compared with last fall’s premiere among the core audience of adults ages 18 to 49,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Just to grind the splinter in a bit deeper, the LA Times notes that, along with the news that Survivor had its lowest debut yet, this means “CBS is entering the new season … with two of its top reality franchises showing signs of advanced age.”

‘Amazing Race’ lags in ratings contest [Los Angeles Times]

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