“The Amazing Race” ratings not so amazing

127_amazing_race_468It looks like another TV series has fallen victim to the Friday Night Death Slot.

The Amazing Race – winner of ten Emmy Awards over its long run, moved to Fridays to make room for CBS’ new drama Madam Secretary. And as a result, ratings have plunged accordingly.

Race averaged a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo Friday night – less than half of the rating it earned when it aired on Sunday. With only one edition ordered for the entire 2014-15 season, it looks like Race is finally headed to the finish line.

While Amazing Race gives injects a temporary shot of quality on what otherwise is a bland night of television, your best bet is still WTTW’s Chicago Tonight: The Week In Review with Joel Weisman  (at least in the Chicago area) – though the panel, which varies every week, can be off-putting at times.

In other news, the special two-hour season premiere of Shark Tank earned a 1.8 rating, winning its time slot. Starting October 10, Friday nights start off with Last Man Standing and Criestla (which should be avoided at all costs) followed by Tank.

NBC’s two hour edition of Dateline pulled in a 1.4 rating.

Fox’s Utopia earned only a 0.7 rating, tying a Mysteries of Laura repeat.

The season premiere of Hawaii Five-O in the second hour of prime time earned a 1.3, finishing second in its time slot. Next on CBS was Blue Bloods, with a 1.2, finishing behind ABC’s 20/20, which earned a time period-winning 1.6 rating.

Finally, CW limped in a 0.3 rating for an original episode of Master Of Illusion. This series is not on the fall schedule.

All ratings in this report are based on preliminary adult 18-49 numbers.