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TVGN To Air Exclusive ‘Amazing Race’ & ‘Survivor’ Encores

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 9:59am PST

TVGN_LOGO_300dpi_TVGuideCorporate synergy with 50% owner CBS already has done well for TVGN, which saw triple-digit ratings increases from last fall’s broadcasts of CBS properties Big Brother After Dark and The Young & The Restless. Now it is adding exclusive encores of the most current episodes of CBS competition series The Amazing Race and Survivor back-to-back Saturdays at 8 PM and 9 PM beginning this week. Amazing Race kicked off its 24th season last Sunday opposite NBC’s Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony, and Survivor‘s 28th cycle debuted last night. TVGN, in more than 80 million homes, is 50/50 co-owned by CBS and Lionsgate.

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CBS Sets Return Dates For ‘The Amazing Race’ & ‘Survivor’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 6:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

raceAn all-star edition of The Amazing Race, featuring eleven former teams, will launch against the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony on February 23. The 28th cycle of Survivor, which recently was renewed for a milestone survivor2829th and 30th seasons, will start with a two-hour premiere three days later, on February 26, marking the longest-running reality competition series’ first two-hour launch since Heroes vs. Villains on Feb. 11, 2010. This season, castaways will be separated into three tribes—brawn, brains and beauty.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Wins Night For NBC & CBS On Slow Sunday, ‘Once’ Flat

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Giants Redskins FootballLast night was a big letdown on broadcast TV following last Sunday’s blockbuster ratings for the Patriots-Broncos thriller on Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards. NBC is still on track to win the night with SNF, but last night’s Giants-Redskins game posted a 12.1 overnight household rating, down 29% from last week. ABC’s lineup came nowhere near the 4.5 18-49 rating for last week’s AMAs. Once Upon A Time (1.9) was even with its last original two weeks ago, tying a series low. The Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie Christmas In Conway (1.1) was down 39% from last year’s HHF holiday movie Christmas With Holly and matching HHF’s lowest rating to date with this year’s The Makeover. Read More »

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Reality Check – ‘The Voice’ Knocks Off ‘The Amazing Race’

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 7:55pm PDT

For the first time since the creation of the best reality-competition category, a singing competition won the Emmy tonight. The Voice — aka, the singing competition NBC bought when it lost the bidding war to get Simon Cowell’s The X Factor — became only the second non-The Amazing Race series to win this category. CBS’ Amazing Race has won this derby nine times. “We’re back on Monday. Keep us No. 1,” exec producer Mark Burnett plugged onstage, thanking NBC for “for taking a risk” when it bought the overseas format. “The Voice is like producing an awards show on the fly with massive pyrotechnics and massive effects,” Burnett said backstage. He scoffed at any comparisons to Fox’s once-ratings-dominant singing competition, American Idol. “This is a very different show. It’s a kind show. There’s no humiliation in The Voice. People said these kinds of shows couldn’t work without humiliation, and that’s not true.” Burnett said he never felt any real comparison to Idol was genuine.

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Reality & Variety Emmy Contenders

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and ENTV host Melana Scantlin discuss Pete’s predictions in the reality and variety categories in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, along with his wish list. Will The Amazing Race dominate once again and, after 32 nominations, will this finally be Bill Maher’s year for Real Time?

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy Reality Contenders

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond has a simple wish: How about some competition in the Emmy Reality Competition category? With just one week left for voters to pick their nominees for this year’s awards, Hammond suggests some alternatives to The Amazing Race, which has won all but one year the category has existed. He also has says that, though American Idol has little chance of nabbing a nom this year, its host Ryan Seacrest is way past due to win as Best Reality Host.

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EMMYS: Reality-Competition Overview

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 7:58pm PDT

Andy Patrick is an AwardsLine contributor.

Considering that upstart docureality series like Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are dominating ratings and pop culture, reality-competition series have largely been overshadowed. NBC’s buzzy singing contest The Voice last year injected some fresh blood into the Emmy reality-competition field, which had mostly been filled by the same shows for the past decade. In fact, CBS’ The Amazing Race has snagged the Emmy every year but one since the category’s inception in 2003. However, The Voice is coming in strong in ratings and challenging Amazing Race’s hold on the title. So while you contemplate whether the reality-competition category is primed for a shakeup this year, here’s our assessment of the competitors. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mentalist’ & ‘Amazing Race’ Finales Down, ‘Red Widow’ Ends Season Up, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Low

Sunday night saw three season finales as The Amazing Race (2.3/6), The Mentalist (1.7/5) and Red Widow (0.9/2) wrapped up their runs. The long-running CBS reality series ended its 22nd season with a two-hour finale that was the highest-rated regularly scheduled show of the night. Still, Race dipped 4% from its April 28 show and was down 15% from the 2.7/7 of its Season 21 finale on May 6, 2012. The Mentalist followed and concluded its fifth season with the true identity of serial killer Red John narrowed to seven names. The second-most-watched show of the night, the police procedural bopped up 6% from last week. However, compared to its Season 4 finale on May 17, 2012, Mentalist was down 32%. Earlier in the night, 7 PM’s 60 Minutes (1.2/4) was the most-watched show of the night with 10.50 million viewers, though it fell 20% to a season low. With 9.393 million watching, CBS won Sunday in total viewers, while Fox was tops in adults 18-49. Read More »

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CBS Apologizes For ‘Amazing Race’ Segment That Used Hanoi War Memorial

By | Sunday March 24, 2013 @ 8:59pm PDT

The memorial, which includes wreckage of a downed U.S. B-52, was used as a location where contestants hunted for clues. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion organizations had criticized CBS over the show’s use of the memorial. Two Americans were killed when the bomber went down. The segment also included a choir singing a tribute to the Vietnam Communist Party.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Revenge’ Rises, ‘Good Wife’ Hits Series Low, ‘Dateline’ & ‘Mentalist’ Down

By | Monday February 18, 2013 @ 9:36am PST

The new season of The Amazing Race (2.4/6) started off at LA’s Griffith Observatory however the series itself did not get off on its best footing. Down 14% from last year’s February 19, 2012 Spring premiere, Sunday’s season 22 debut was the lowest debut ever for the long running CBS series. Not that it was that much of a slide. The September 30, 2012 season 21 premiere of the global competition series garnered a 2.5/6 matching a previous Race series low debut. With CBS’ primetime Sunday delayed 5 minutes in the Eastern and Central times zones due to an overrun from PGA Tour Golf, last night’s ratings could see a greater than usual adjustment in final numbers.

As The Amazing Race hit a low, ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Revenge (1.8/4) rose from one last night. Without facing off against the Grammys, the fantasy drama was bopped up 5% and the late night soap jumped 29% from last week’s series low for both shows. CBS’s dramas however did drop on Sunday.  Back after three weeks, The Good Wife (1.4/3) was down 7% – hitting a series low for the show. The Mentalist (1.5/4) was also down, falling 21% from its last original on January 27.. Both network news magazine shows also took a hit last night. Airing just after 7 PM, CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.3/4) was down 28% from its February 10 show while Dateline NBC was down 33% from its last Sunday original back on January 6.  Otherwise NBC showed back-to-back repeats of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers at 8 PM (0.9/2) and 8:30 PM (1.0/2) and a Saturday Night Live In The 90s: Pop Culture Nation (1.4/3) special. Starting the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was down 17% from last week, ABC ended Sunday with a repeat of its new Anthony Edwards conspiracy drama Zero Hour (0.9/2)
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Finale Down, Hallmark Movie Hits High For ABC; NBC’s ‘SNF’ Wins Night

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 9:37am PST

Sunday saw a season finale, holiday specials and of course NFL football. The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions in the snow and NBC’s Sunday Night Football (13.6/21) again scored a touchdown as the night’s most-watched broadcast with 18.94 million viewers. Yesterday’s game was up a tenth from last week in time-zone-adjusted metered markets, but that number will likely change when the final ratings come in later today. With an average of 15.932 million, NBC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.

On CBS, the two-hour finale of Season 21 of The Amazing Race (2.6/6) was down 21% from last year’s fall finale on December 11, 2011. It also tied with the May 8, 2011 finale of Season 18 for Race’s lowest-rated finale ever. 60 Minutes (1.9/5) was down 42% from last week, but that was with football running into the network’s primetime schedule. At 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.6/4) was also down, 11%, from its last original two weeks ago. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Amazing Race Canada’, Nine Network, Quickflix

By | Sunday December 2, 2012 @ 6:38pm PST

The Amazing Race Sprints North To Canada
CBS’ The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan announced tonight that viewers north of the border can look forward to their own The Amazing Race Canada that will air on Canada’s CTV, which has licensed format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The Amazing Race Canada will launch in Summer 2013. Competition will take place within Canada, which features a variety of rugged, challenging terrain. Insight Productions will produce with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television. Casting, host, and other information about the show will be announced during the coming months. Read More »

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EMMYS: Reality Competition Series Nominations – ENTV Video

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 7:01pm PDT

Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Awardsline’s Christy Grosz ruminate on Emmy nominations (or in one glaring case the lack thereof) for Reality Competition shows with ENTV YouTube channel host Brian Corsetti:

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EMMYS: Reality Competition Overview

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 6:02pm PDT

Michael Slezak is Senior Editor at TVLine

Reality television by its very nature thrives on unexpected twists, shock eliminations, and upset victories. But the most surprising thing about the Emmy race for outstanding reality-competition program over the last five years has been the almost total stagnancy of its pool of contenders. Indeed, from 2007-2011, the same five shows — The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef – have maintained a chokehold on nominations in the category. The sole exception to this five-member monopoly came in 2011, when Emmy added a sixth nominee, Fos’s So You Think You Can Dance, to the mix.

Boardwalk EmpireBut wait. That “kerplunk” you’re hearing might just be the sound of a new contender (or two) dropping into the proceedings. Indeed, the 2011-2012 season found The Voice proving itself a genuine (and genuinely enjoyable) ratings force in its second season for struggling NBC. On Fox, Simon Cowell’s British import The X Factor stormed the U.S. coastline with a combination of flashing lights, aggressive backup dancers, and Paula Abdul’s tears. Will these newcomers force Emmy to redistribute the nomination wealth, or will 2012 be another case of same-old same-old? Let’s examine the contenders, in alphabetical order:

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The Amazing Race (CBS)
The globetrotting adventure series has dominated the category like a Rottweiler facing a pack of teacup poodles: Since Emmy first began handing out a Reality-Competition statuette in 2003, TAR has won every year except 2010. And with Season 20 featuring breathtaking footage of everywhere from India to Japan, and Argentina to Azerbaijan, another nomination is the closest thing there is to an Emmy certainty. As for a ninth visit to the winner’s circle? That’d be no surprise, either. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Desperate Housewives’ Rises En Route To Finale

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Desperate Housewives RatingsThe penultimate episode of ABC’s Desperate Housewives (2.8/7) jumped 12% from last week as the veteran dramedy is heading to its two-hour series finale next Sunday. Its lead-out, the season finale of GCB (1.8/5) didn’t get a bump, down a tenth from its fast national last week, flat with the finale. Leading into Desperate Housewives was Once Upon A Time (3.0/8), up a tenth from its fast national last week, flat with the final, and once again the top program of the night among adults 18-49. It had some help from America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.0/7), which was up a whopping 33% from last week to dominate the 8 PM hour and rank higher than any series on NBC last night. (Dateline, at 0.7/2, and Harry’s Law, 0.7/2, were both down 13% from last week, with Harry’s Law hitting a series low. Celebrity Apprentice, 1.9/5, was flat with its fast national last week, down a tenth from the final.) ABC won the night in adults 18-49, CBS was tops in total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Up In Return, ‘Apprentice’ Down, ‘Simpsons’ 500

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 9:41am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The broadcast networks packed a rate typical Sunday night with season premieres and special episodes. CBS (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 10.5 million viewers, won the night sandwiched between the Grammys and the Oscars, which featured the season openers of CBS’ The Amazing Race and NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and the 500th episode of The Simpsons. CBS’ primetime lineup was scrambled by a 22-minute golf overrun. Amazing Race drew an approximate 2.6/7 in 18-49 and 9.2 million viewers, up 4% and 8%, respectively, from last year’s winter premiere.

NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (2.6/7, 7.4 million) was down 7% from last season’s opener. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (3.0/8) ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49 but was surprisingly flat with last Sunday, when it faced the monster Grammy Awards. Desperate Housewives (2.2/5) bounced back by 22%, while Pan Am (1.2/3) finished its freshman (and probably series) run on a relatively high note, up 71% from last week. Fox’s The Simpsons‘ 500th episode drew a relatively modest 2.6/7 18-49 rating but was up 30% from last week. It boosted Napoleon Dynamite (2.0/5) to a 11% increase. The rookie still was the weakest link in Fox’s 8-10 PM comedy block, with Family Guy posting a 2.7/7, up 8% from last week, and American Dad (2.2/5) up 22%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Hits New Low, ‘Amazing Race’ Finale Down

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 9:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s Once Upon A Time is looking a little less magical these days. Airing in the 8 PM hour, which has been impacted by viewer erosion due to holiday shopping, the fairytale drama hit a series low for a third consecutive week with its fall finale last night. It posted a 2.9/7 in adults 18-49, down 9% from last week. Proving once again that movies — original or theatrical — don’t do well on broadcast TV, ABC’s rebroadcast of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory posted a soft 1.3/3 from 9-11 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ & ‘Pan Am’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With a monster football overrun, Fox’s animated comedies posted double-digit increases last night, while ABC’s dramas posted series lows. Rookie Once Upon A Time (3.1/7) was down 9% from last week, veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/6) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago, and soon-to-be-grounded freshman Pan Am (1.6/4) was down 11% from its most recent episode three weeks ago. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week.

Boosted by the NFL overrun, Fox’s The Simpsons (4.0/10, 9 million) was up a big 54% from last week to match its season high in 18-49 and draw its largest audience in almost a year. The tide lifted all ships, with struggling Allen Gregory (2.4/6) up a whopping 60% from last week; it still was the lowest-rated member of Fox’s animated block. Family Guy (3.5/8) at 9 PM was up 25% from last week and posted its highest teen rating in almost a year. The Cleveland Show (2.5/6) was up 14% from American Dad‘s delivery in the 9:30 PM slot last week and up 47% from Cleveland‘s demo rating last week at 7:30 PM.

CBS’ fast nationals may be skewed by regional NFL overruns. 60 Minutes (1.8/5) was down 51% from last week, when it followed an NFL overrun. The Amazing Race (2.7/6) was down 7%. The Good Wife (1.9/4) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, and CSI: Miami (2.2/5) was up … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Allen Gregory’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Hallmark Hall Of Fame’ Barely Registers On New Net

Nellie Andreeva

As Americans were wrapping up the four-day Thanksgiving weekend last night, some stayed away from their TVs, leading to depressed ratings for the broadcast networks. (We’ve yet to get numbers for The Walking Dead fall finale on AMC.) ABC may be having second thoughts about picking up the Hallmark Hall Of Fame original movie franchise after it was dropped by CBS at the end of last season. In the franchise’s first ABC outing, the telefilm Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith posted an underwhelming 1.1/2 in 18-49, down a whopping 48% from November Christmas, which aired on CBS on the same night last year. In 18-49, Have A Little Faith was by far the lowest-rated program of the night despite having the night’s highest-rated entertainment program as a lead-in: freshman drama Once Upon A Time, which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago to a series low but still robust 3.4/8. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/4) was up 6%.

Following an NFL overrun, Fox’s The Cleveland Show (1.9/5) was up 6% from its 7:30 PM time slot premiere last Sunday. The Simpsons (2.6/6) was down a tenth, while rookie Allen Gregory (1.5/3) accelerated its ratings descent, down 15% to a new series low. How long before Fox swaps Allen Gregory and Cleveland? At 9 PM, Family Guy (2.8/6) was down 13%, and American Dad (2.2/5) was down 8%. Read More »

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