The Emmy Award-winning travel competition show—back for its 22nd season—attracted an all-time season premiere low of 9.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic.
The lackluster “Race” premiere did little to help “The Good Wife,” which returned after a three-week break to 8.5 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among the 18-to-49 crowd.
In spite of its all-time low premiere ratings, “The Amazing Race” still attracted the most viewers for the night, but that could change come Tuesday morning.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead”—which attracted 12.3 million viewers last week—could wind up the night’s eventual ratings leader. The jury is still out, however, as cable network ratings are not released until Tuesday morning.
Cable ratings are sometimes released on a Monday, but typically only for a show’s premiere episodes—which include a midseason premiere—as was the case with last week’s “The Walking Dead.”
On the night, CBS averaged 9.2 million viewers, while ABC (5.9 million), NBC (4.4 million) and Fox (3.75 million) rounded out the night’s traditional network viewership.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, Fox led the night with a 1.7 rating, while ABC and CBS tied for second with a 1.6 rating. NBC finished last with a 1.2.
Industry experts predict “The Walking Dead” and the NBA All-Star Game broadcast on TNT will wind up with higher 18-to-49 marks and that “The Walking Dead” will have attracted the most viewers for the night.
“The Amazing Race” airs on Sundays at 7 p.m. on KUTV 2 in Provo, while “The Walking Dead” airs at the same time on AMC. “The Good Wife” airs at 8 p.m., immediately following “The Amazing Race.”