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'Amazing Race 6' charges to quick start

November 19, 2004|by Zap2it.com

CBS's latest exercise in globe-trotting gave the network a sizable ratings boost Tuesday, while it's probably too early for a prognosis for FOX's medical drama "House."

Tuesday night's (Nov. 16) premiere of "The Amazing Race 6" captured the show's biggest season-opening audience since the first "Race" in September 2001. The two-hour episode drew about 11.8 million viewers, well above CBS's season average for the time periods.

It also drew a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49, ranking second for the night (behind "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC) in the demographic advertisers target most heavily.

In the 9 p.m. hour, which will be its regular timeslot beginning next week, 11.7 million people watched "The Amazing Race." That's about 3 million viewers more than what the drama "Clubhouse" averaged in its brief run there.

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It also outperformed "Judging Amy," which is averaging 10.5 million viewers this season and will return next week, in the 10 p.m. hour.

Meanwhile, "The Amazing Race's" lead-in, "NCIS," drew close to 15.3 million viewers, its biggest audience ever.

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