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 »
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.
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.
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:
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.
But 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:
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.
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.