Ratings: ‘Amazing Race’ Finale Drops to Record Low of Series

NBC topped all comers with its primetime pigskin party

CBS’ “The Amazing Race” dropped to a record low season finale on Sunday versus its usual fall football competition.

The finale for the reality competition’s 23rd edition earned a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Last fall, the finale got a 2.6. For what it is worth, May’s spring ender received a 2.4.

NBC was first in ratings Sunday with a 4.9 rating/12 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 13.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Football Night in America” part 1 at 7 p.m. earned a 1.9/5 and 6.2 million viewers. At 7:30, part 2 received a 2.9/8 and 8.2 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 got a 4.5/11 and 13.5 million viewers. The game itself at 8:30 had a 6.0/15 — a tie for highest rating of the night — and 16.6 million viewers.

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Fox was second in ratings with a 3.3/8 and third in total viewers with 8.5 million. An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 6.0/16 — tying for the night’s highest mark — and 18.3 million viewers, the largest audience in Sunday primetime. “The OT” at 7:30 had a 4.2/11 and 11.9 million viewers. That led into Fox’s animation block, which had a very strong night. At 8, “The Simpsons” earned a 3.0/8 and 6.8 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 got a 2.1/5 — a 31 percent jump from last week — and 4.6 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 received a 2.6/6 — up 18 percent from its last original two weeks ago — and 5.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “American Dad” had a 2.1/5 — a 24 percent uptick from last Sunday — and 4.3 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 2.0/5 and second in total viewers with 9.9 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” earned a 2.2/6 and 11 million viewers. “The Amazing Race” season finale at 8 received a 2.1/5 — down 19 percent from last fall to its lowest ever — and 9.2 million viewers. At 10, “The Mentalist” got a 1.7/4 and 9.6 million viewers.

ABC was in fourth in ratings with a 1.5/4 and in total viewers with 5.7 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 earned a 1.5/4 — up 25 percent from prior week — and 7 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” saw a 16 percent boost to a 2.2/5 at 8, pulling in 6.9 million viewers. “Revenge” at 9 earned a 1.5/4 and 6 million viewers. “Betrayal” at 10 tied its lowest rating to date, with a 0.8/2 and 3.1 million viewers.

Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in viewers with 2.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.