Report: GSN finalizing syndication deal for CBS's 'The Amazing Race'
By Reality TV World staff, 06/01/2005
On the same day that Outdoor Life Network announced that it has reached a syndication deal for the first ten episodes of CBS's Survivor, industry trade papers have reported that GSN (the former Game Show Network) is in final negotiations to pick up the cable rights for the Tiffany network's other big reality series -- The Amazing Race.
According to both Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, neither GSN or King World (the CBS-owned distributor that's handling the syndication of the series) would comment on the possible deal, but if completed it is expected to include the rights to all seven seasons of the series that CBS has broadcast to date.
The Amazing Race might not have the ratings power of its fellow CBS reality series, however that might actually be considered a "plus" from a syndication perspective. While Survivor has been a smash hit ratings success since its first season, The Amazing Race wasn't so lucky. Debuting the week before 9/11, the critically-acclaimed worldwide race series drew mediocre ratings during its first two Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 seasons. After The Amazing Race 3 showed no improvement in Fall 2002, CBS yanked the series from its midseason schedule, demoted it to summer programming status, and ran The Amazing Race 4 in Summer 2003.
As a result of its various struggles, its speculated that The Amazing Race might perform surprisingly well in syndication, with many newer Race viewers using the syndication broadcasts as an opportunity to get their first look at the show's earlier seasons (which unlike Survivor, are also not yet available for DVD purchase.)
According to Reality TV World sources, should the deal go through, GSN is expected to begin airing The Amazing Race reruns as soon as this summer.