TV Ratings: 'Beyond the Blackboard' CBS movie helps secure win on Easter

Fast national ratings for Sunday, April 24, 2011.Easter Sunday signaled a win for CBS, with ratings up slightly across the board from last Sunday. "Beyond the Blackboard," CBS's TV movie starring Emily Van Camp, aired opposite her old stomping ground, "Brothers & Sisters" on CBS. FOX made it a very Homer Easter with two episodes of "The Simpsons" and a re-air of the movie, but they didn't make much of a ratings splash. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" was up slightly from last week, but their latest endeavor "America's Next Great Restaurant" hit its series low.CBS had the highest average viewers (9.1 million and a 5.6/10 share). ABC came in second (7.7 million, 4.6/8), NBC in third (6.0 million, 3.6/6) and FOX in fourth (3.1 million, 1.7/3). ABC won the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating, followed by NBC (2.0) and CBS (1.7). FOX had a 1.2. Sunday hour by hour: 7 p.m. CBS: "60 Minutes" (10.3...

Top Moments: Dancing's Sex on a Stick and a Surprise 30 Rock Cameo

Our top moments of the week: 12. Best Freudian Slip:  On  The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business , Flight Time has a Freudian slip — literally — as he falls flat on his butt while transporting Sigmund Freud's couch to the University of Vienna. But we think the meaning was lost on him altogether since he describes the psychoanalyst as such: "He used to have dreams about sleeping with his mama and all that kind of crazy stuff." 11. Worst Scapegoat:  Phillip asks Steve if the two divided parts of the tribe can share one rice can on  Survivor: Redemption Island , but Steve declines. Their disagreement escalates quickly, culminating in Steve calling Phillip a "lunatic." Rather than walk away, Phillip turns the fight into a race war and says that "anytime somebody of my color" starts a fight, the person is a lunatic. Yes, Phillip, that's it -- it's not because of your CIA ramblings, your tiny pink briefs or the feather on your head that you claim came out of thin air. Read More...

THE AMAZING RACE 18 Episode 9 “We’re Good American People” (Switzerland)” - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of  The Amazing Race  18 Episode 9 “We’re Good American People” (Switzerland)” which airs Sunday, April 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBSTelevision Network . Episode Synopsis : THE AMAZING RACE  18 Episode 9 “We’re Good American People” (Switzerland)” – The stress of the Race begins to take its toll when a Double U-Turn is revealed, and one Team struggles to consume a local delicacy while others become acquainted with Swiss hospitality, on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, April 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host. Read More...

Ron and Christina of 'The Amazing Race' Talk Food and Fun Around the World

Ron and Christina had a great second go in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business . Their relationship seemed to have improved, even just a little bit, and Ron got to eat a lot of snacks in different countries. Their team came up short in Varanasi, India, and BuddyTV got the scoop on racing again, who they want to win, and of course, the food. What was it like returning to The Amazing Race with other teams who had competed before? Did you change your strategy going in this time around?

Amazing Race's Ron and Christina: We Were Very Aware of Our Physical Limitations

A spiritual quest for sadhus (or holy men) on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business led Ron Hsu astray as he erroneously wandered the Ganges River waterfront for hours. "It took over an hour and a half to realize that mistake," he tells "I still felt we had a glimmer of hope because the cowboys were on a later flight. I thought, 'The cowboys could mess up like they did in Australia and other teams might mess up too.'" Alas, no one else made any mistakes, and Ron and daughter Christina got the boot. Find out how Ron got so lost, why they took the water taxi and why he was so hungry in China. Plus: Would Christina ever run the Race with her new husband and Season 12 alum Azaria Azene?

Three Ways The Amazing Race Can Improve

While I can safely say that I’ve been enjoying the current season of The Amazing Race , as its blend of teamwork, physical and mental challenges, and gorgeous scenery will never get old to me, this season hasn’t hit me 100% yet. I love all the culture they indulge in and find myself so jealous that these teams will get to see the world twice, but the structure of the show leaves a little to be desired. Ahead of its new episode on Sunday after a week hiatus, I thought I’d break down a couple of reasons that the show’s not reaching me as much this season and suggest things that would improve the proceedings. 1. Less emphasis on time equalizers: I fully understand why the show uses a time equalizer, or a flight/bus ride/challenge that doesn’t begin until much later that allows every team to catch up to the leaders. It wouldn’t be that fun to watch a team absolutely destroy the competition for 12 weeks, nor would it be fun to know exactly who is going home within the first few minutes of a given episode. Plus, The Amazing Race has had some heart pounding finishes involving foot races and a matter of mere seconds separating teams. But it seems that every episode there’s something that bunches the teams up again and it kind of dulls the “oh snap” effect of having a frontrunner being knocked back if we see it every week. The teams have been more or less tethered together this season and there haven’t been enough exciting end-of-the-episode races to justify its continued use. Additionally, as much as I love Kent and Vyxsin (they’re scrappy and I love an underdog), the time equalizer that got them back into the game after such a horrendously executed previous leg was ludicrous. 2. U Turns need to be on tougher challenges: I like the U Turn in theory, but you need to put it with some of the tougher challenges for it to be effective. Earlier this season, the Globetrotters and Cheerleaders got U Turned, but both etours took so little time that it was the roadblock that ultimately did the Cheerleaders in, not the U Turn. It’s a little pointless to have a U Turn that was only as much of an obstacle as the typically petty Speedbumps, no? Also, the challenges this season have been a touch underwhelming. I don’t think that they need to make the show impossible to complete or anything, but since these people have been on the show before, everything should have been amped up, in my opinion, which includes detours and road blocks. 3. More countries: I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like we haven’t seen a whole lot of the world this season. Granted, we’ve been in five countries through six episodes, but we were in China for a while and had been in Australia for what felt like a while previously in the season. Part of the reason that people watch The Amazing Race is to witness the wonders of the world and marvel at the beauty of the surroundings the racers find themselves in, so for them to only be in India halfway through the season feels like we haven’t seen that much. On the other hand, it means that the final episodes will show some serious ground being covered, but there wouldn’t be a need to do that if the first half the season was more varied. I understand that, for example, China’s one of the largest countries in the world with a tremendously rich culture, but I’d still rather see them face many different countries as opposed to a few. I don’t want this to sound like I don’t like The Amazing Race or that I think I know better than people who have been doing TV for longer than I’ve been alive. I just think that something like The Amazing Race has the potential to be pretty astounding on a season-to-season basis and they’ve not fully lived up to that this season. Nonetheless, I’ll be locked in to the back half of the season to see if the Cowboys can hold their lead, if Ron can bring it down to a dull roar, and if Kisha and Jen can get some camera time for longer than 5 seconds at a time. If you guys want to see how the remaining episodes of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business go, you can check it out Sundays at 8:00 on CBS.

THE AMAZING RACE 18 Episode 7 Photos

Check out photos of the new episode of   The Amazing Race   18 “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win (Varanasi, India)” (Season 18 Episode 7) which airs Sunday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS   Television   Network. Episode Synopsis : THE AMAZING RACE 18 “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win (Varanasi, India)” Episode 7 – In Detour A, Sisters Jen (left) and Kisha (right) must make 25 traditional fuel patties out of buffalo  manure, then slap them on the wall to dry in the sun. Afterwards, they must load a stove with fuel patties and light. In Detour B, Father/daughter team Christina and Ron must carry large bundles of hay through the narrow, crowded streets of Varanasi, India. When they deliver the hay to the correct milk farm, they will receive the next clue on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Read More...

Amazing Race's Margie and Luke: We Almost Took a Penalty

Even though the needle-in-a-haystack tea-identifying Roadblock on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business brought him to tears and took him four hours to complete, Luke Adams says it was not as hard as the final memory task in the Season 14 finale. "The surfboards were much harder," he tells "It was just much harder because [my mom Margie and I] were so close to winning!" This time around, he was thisclose to throwing in the towel.

The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss Renewed by CBS

CBS has officially picked up new seasons of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss , as reported by Deadline . Neither show was in danger of being canceled, as Race is up slightly from this time last year and Boss is doing some very respectable business at 9:00. The 19th installment of The Amazing Race will make its debut in fall, likely in the same Sunday at 8:00 timeslot it has enjoyed for quite some time, while it will be the 3rd season for former Super Bowl leadout Undercover Boss . CBS has found a strong family friendly bit of reality synergy on Sunday nights, so I'd be a little surprised to see the two shows split up on the new schedule, despite how formidable they are on their own. Read More...

Jaime and Cara on Their 'Amazing Race' Unfinished Business

After a grueling double leg in China involving completion of a large dinosaur skeleton, Jaime and Cara were eliminated from The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business . We caught up with them and found out more about their experience the second time around and what they're up to now. What was it like going into the Race a second time against other returning teams? Jaime: It was exciting and an honor to be invited back for such an amazing adventure! Cara: It was really exciting! I was really surprised there were so many from our season, but it was cool to have an opportunity to run against teams that I have watched and admired in their seasons. Read More...