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'Amazing Race' Finale Delivers Not-so-Amazing Ratings TVbytheNumbers

The two-hour season finale of CBS reality franchise “The Amazing Race” stumbled at the finish line Sunday night, delivering a number that tied the program’s lowest-rated finale ever, based on Nielsen overnight results.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that “Race” dipped to a 2.6 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, down a whopping 31% from the finale for the fall season a year ago, and down 4% from the show’s performance a week earlier.

Other programming on CBS Sunday night was also down: “60 Minutes” plunged 42% from a football-delayed episode a week ago to a 1.9 average in 18-49, while “The Mentalist” slipped 11% from its most recent fresh episode to a 1.6.

Meanwhile, NFL football was up, enabling NBC to coast to an easy win for the night. “Sunday Night Football” delivered a 6.9 average rating in the 18-49 demo, up from a 6.6 a week ago.

The report notes that live football broadcasts mean the numbers will be subject to more than the usual adjustments.

For prime time overall, NBC came in with a preliminary 5.7 average in viewers 18-49, ahead of Fox (3.5 average), CBS (2.2) and ABC (1.6). NBC also had a big win in total viewers, averaging 15.9 million to 9.6 million for CBS, 8.5 million for Fox and 6.7 million for ABC.