Ready, set go! The season premiere of “The Amazing Race” plus a strong “60 Minutes” carried CBS to a ratings win Sunday night, edging out the usually potent trio of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers and Sisters” on ABC.
FOX didn’t get much out of its animated lineup last night, and NBC took another hit with the low-rated conclusion of the TV movie “XIII.” Let’s hope the new drama “Kings” from NBC can make some noise for the network when it premieres Sunday March 15th as that’s a show that people should be tuning into.
“The Amazing Race” is back and not a moment too soon! This show isn’t just one of the best reality shows on TV, it’s one of the best shows period. There’s always a team or two to roll your eyes at and root against, and more often than not there’s a team that you can totally get behind too. Anyone that’s feeling the economic pinch and can’t afford to jet-set can tune in every Sunday and see a wide range of countries, cultures and challenges unique to each country. And despite the fact that host Phil Keoghan wasn’t even nominated for Best Reality TV host last year (a shameless omission), there’s few people we’d rather spend our Sunday nights with. Buckle up for aw wild ride.
What’s Definitely Not Happening:
Val Kilmer and “XIII” may have put even more of a stake in the heart of the once powerful TV movie genre. The conclusion to NBC’s adventure story barely registered in the Nielsen data last night, finishing fourth in the 9pm timeslot. Miniseries and TV movies are definitely a dying breed, and if it weren’t for CBS’s “Joss Stone” franchise and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, they’d be nearly extinct.