Ratings: ‘Amazing Race’ Audience Rises in Season Finale as NBC’s Olympics Slide



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OK, so Wednesday’s “Amazing Race” season finale wasn’t exactly amazing, but it did manage to grow its overall audience 4 percent from last week’s penultimate episode.
NBC was first in ratings with a 3.3 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 14 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Pyeongchang Olympics ran through primetime, though the big Team USA women’s hockey gold medal win didn’t begin until 11 p.m. ET, which is exactly when the east coast’s primetime ends.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 4.7 million. “Celebrity Big Brother” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.4/6 and 5.5 million viewers. The two-hour “Amazing Race” finale had a 0.9/3 and 4.3 million viewers.
Fox was third in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 2.9 million, airing all reruns.
ABC, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/2. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 2.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.5 million, and Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.
For ABC, following repeats, “Match Game” at 10 got a 0.4/2 and 2.2 million viewers.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 716,000, airing repeats.

A new seaside bike path built for the Summer Olympics near Rio’s Sao Conrado Beach collapsed in April after it was hit by a wave, killing two cyclists.
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The Australian delegation initially refused to move into their accommodations at the Olympic Village, complaining of exposed wiring and leaks that were later documented by other athletes.
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A bullet ripped through the media tent at the equestrian center on Aug. 6, narrowly missing a member of the New Zealand delegation, and a second bullet was found a few days later. The equestrian events are held in Deodoro, which is near to a small slum where police have been conducting operations.
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On Aug. 7, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suffered a concussion and three fractured vertebrae when she crashed on the road race course, which has been criticized by several athletes for its dangerous turns and descents.
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The Olympic diving pool turned green Aug. 9 after a maintenance worker mistakenly added hydrogen peroxide, which neutralized the chlorine and allowed organic compounds like algae to bloom.
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The water polo pool, also in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, also turned green later in the week.
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A bus carrying members of the media was shot at while returning from a women’s basketball game in the Deodoro cluster Aug. 9. Brazilian officials initially attributed the shattered windows to rock throwing, but people on the bus insisted they were gunshots.
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On Aug. 10, Belgian sailor Evi Van Acker fell ill with intestinal problems that her coach attributed to training in Rio in July. Untreated sewage flows into Guanabara Bay, where the sailing events are being held.
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A bus carrying three semi-finalists in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, including Britain’s Fran Halsall, drove to the track stadium instead of the pool on Aug. 12, forcing the night’s swimming events to be rescheduled. Halsall eventually finished fourth in the event.
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An Olympics employee robbed an unidentified athlete of $20,000 that was left in his or her room on Aug. 12. That was not the only such theft in the Village, as the Australian and Danish delegations claimed electronics and other personal items were also stolen from their rooms.
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Team USA was not immune from Rio’s crime problem, as a group of swimmers led by multiple gold medalist Ryan Lochte was robbed by armed men pretending to be police officers while returning from a party in a taxi early on Aug. 14.
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An overhead camera and cables fell more than 60 feet in the Olympic Village Aug. 15, injuring at least seven spectators.
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The 2016 Summer Games have been packed with moments of brilliance, but there’s also been negative news from Rio

A new seaside bike path built for the Summer Olympics near Rio’s Sao Conrado Beach collapsed in April after it was hit by a wave, killing two cyclists.

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