Fans still have to wait until April to finally watch the long-awaited 29th season of The Amazing Race, but to make sure the show gets a 30th one and beyond, they may need to be focused more on watching in general.
The popular show, which features teams of two racing around the world and completing various tasks in the hopes of being the first to cross a finish line at the end and win $1 million, has seen a decline in viewership over recent years, with ratings that once saw it hitting impressive highs of 10-11 million viewers per episode seasons 5-22, drop down since to 7 million season 26-28, and if the show does not improve on those numbers, it won't likely return to a two season cycle each year. If it can't hold steady on those numbers either, it also could find itself at risk of cancellation.
However, in order to guarantee fans do tune in, the show would need to make sure the seasons need to be compelling-and season 29 would need to be the start of such work being done.
According to The Inquisitr, there is a good chance season 29 may be the one to help turn things back around for the show, with its plans for a schoolyard pick when it comes to the teams. It has been reported that season 29 would start with single racers who would then be paired up together into teams of two after completing a task. Such a move, with a nice mix of teams which seem relatable and intriguing to viewers, as well as routes and tasks which also engage, would need to happen so that viewers feel as if the show is worth viewing.
The fact that the new season was delayed until 2017 is the sign that the show and its fans all need to determine what the best course of action would be going forward in the hopes of saving the show, and ensuring that not only season 30, but potential seasons beyond that have a chance to make it to air.
The Amazing Race season 29 premieres April 21 at 7 p.m. on CBS.