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Facing Ratings Road Block, "Amazing Race" Shifts to Wednesday

Faced with declining ratings this season for the classiest of reality shows, CBS is pushing The Amazing Race to Wednesdays, reports Variety. Beginning as early as next week, Amazing Race will leave its current Tuesdays at 10 pm timeslot for a new, earlier, family-friendly timeslot on Wednesdays at 8 pm.

CBS claims that the shift is in due to viewer complaints that the show airs too late for family viewing. (While I don't have a kids to worry about, my girlfriend and I are always complaining that we preferred when the show aired earlier in the evening. Yes, we're getting old.)

The move is expected to increase the ratings of Amazing Race, though the series faces tough competition from NBC's bizarro game show Deal or No Deal and the return of ABC's Alias in three weeks.

And, no, Race contestants Eric and Jeremy won't seem any less annoying at the earlier hour.

Comments

Anonymous said…
OMG. Where did you get that picture of Phil? I want that as wallpaper on my computer.
Brock said…
I can't believe AR is being moved. It's a good move for CBS since its family demographic isn't being served at 10 pm. However, its a bad move for sister station UPN (now on its last legs ahead of its merger). With its Top Model pride and joy catwalking in the same slot, its going to be the fight of the CBS family reality shows, one that AR will come out on top, at least in the key demos. Mix in Idol's move to 8 pm in a few weeks, and we'll see some nasty ratings, worse than Lake and Michelle's treatment of each other.

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