The Amazing Race is an American reality competition show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. The race is split into roughly twelve legs interspersed with physical and mental challenges, and require teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show. Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs; with the final leg’s grand prize of US$1 million. As the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001. The series was renewed for at least one more season, its 27th, that premiered on September 25, 2015. Numerous international versions have been developed following the same core structure, while the U.S. version is also broadcast to several other markets.
The show was created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, who, along with Jonathan Littman, serve as executive producers. The show is produced by Earthview Inc. (headed by Doganieri and van Munster), Bruckheimer Television for CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company). The series has been hosted by veteran New Zealand television personality Phil Keoghan since its inception.
Since the inception of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2003, The Amazing Race has won it ten out of twelve times; the show has also won other awards and commendations. Although it has moved around several prime timeslots since its inception, the program has averaged about 10 million viewers per season