The Amazing Race kicked off its 31st run with decent ratings Wednesday night, pairing with Survivor to carry CBS to an across-the-board win.
As latenight talk shows continue to see overall viewing declines versus a year ago, CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert maintains a strong lead over NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in total viewers, as well as a slight edge in key 18-49 viewers.
The Voice rebounded from last week’s season-low numbers and led Monday’s ratings across the board. American Idol also improved and finished as close to its NBC rival as it has so far this season.
The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga. HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said Monday.
ABC’s American Idol led the night among adults 18-49, rebounding from the prior week’s series low as it entered the audience-vote phase of the competition. Sunday’s show drew a 1.3 in the demo, up from 1.0 a week ago, and 7.18 million viewers, a17 percent improvement over last week’s 6.12 million.
The ABC drama is the only original show in primetime Thursday to make it over a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.
The CBS competition and the ABC comedy grab the top two spots in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. CBS’s Survivor scored its fifth consecutive Wednesday ratings victory among adults 18-49, and with NBC’s shows taking the night off, it also finished first in total viewers.
NBC’s New Amsterdam took a ratings hit Tuesday without This Is Usas a lead-in, and the debut of military drama The Code on CBS put up middling numbers. With its first episode in a month, New Amsterdam scored season lows in both adults 18-49 (0.7 rating) and total viewers (4.63 million).