Amazing Race Canada Tops American Rival Shows with Debut Series
When it comes to reality shows crossing the border, exports like Survivor and American Idol usually travel to Canada from the US. But with CTV’s Amazing Race Canada, whose first season run ended Monday night with the father and son team of Tim Hague Senior and Junior emerging as victors, travel has been in the other direction.
The show has had the biggest ever season for a reality TV franchise on Canadian TV.
With its first season viewer figures 3.3million on average, ratings were bigger than first seasons of big hits like Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother, X Factor and even CBS’ own Amazing Race, which has been broadcast on CTV for 21 seasons.
President of CTV programming and sports Phil King said: “This show has captured the imagination of viewers nationwide, and introduced Canadians to aspects of their country they had never known before, while setting a new benchmark for a Canadian TV series.”
It ends its first season as Canada’s second highest rated TV show, with The Big Bang Theory in the lead.
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