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May 17, 2006

The Amazing Race Moves to Sunday

The New York Times today has an article on The Amazing Race, and how the ratings were strong a year ago, when season 7 was airing. But now, after the crap-tacular “Family Edition” and the schedule changes this season, first moving to Tuesdays at 10:00, then to Wednesdays at 8:00, the ratings have been dropping. As tonight’s two-hour final episode approaches, this season is bringing in about 4 million fewer viewers than last spring, 9.11 million compared to 13.03 million. The article has quotes from show host Phil Keoghan and producer Bertram van Munster, as well as Linda Holmes, who writes the TAR recaps at Television Without Pity under the name Miss Alli.

The one thing it doesn’t have, though, is today’s breaking news from the CBS upfront presentations. Next year, TAR 10 will be airing on Sunday nights, opposite Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Simpsons, and football. This is another baffling move for a show that, over its lifetime, will have aired on four of the seven days of the week. At least TAR isn’t airing on Saturday, like CBS threatened to do with season 6. That really is the spot of death. And Sunday has been getting more respect lately, with big hit shows like Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. CBS is also moving one of its ratings winners, Without A Trace, to Sundays, so at least the Race will have good company. But the Race spent four good seasons airing Tuesdays at 9:00, so moving it around this much now seems like they’re just losing interest in it. And why, when they’re faced with the fact that this drop in ratings was caused by a schedule change, would they move it again? Imagine them moving Survivor to Mondays, or something like that. It wouldn’t happen. So why can’t TAR get the same respect?