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The Amazing Race 26
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Version: United States
Continents Visited: 5
Countries Visited: 9
Distance Traveled: 35,000 miles (56,000 km)
Starting Line: Castaic Lake, Castaic, California
Finish Line: Continental Avenue Bridge, Dallas, Texas
Season Run February 25, 2015 - May 15, 2015[1]
Number of Legs: 12
Number of Teams: 11
Winning Team: Laura & Tyler
Runners-up: Jelani & Jenny
Hayley & Blair
Cast
TAR26 Teams
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous: The Amazing Race 25
Next: The Amazing Race 27
Greeters

The Amazing Race 26 is the twenty-sixth installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on February 25, 2015, Wednesday, on CBS, before returning to the previous season's regular Friday schedule, beginning February 27.[2] The teams were officially announced on January 20, 2015.

Development

Filming for The Amazing Race 26 began on November 12, 2014, and ended on December 6, 2014. For the first time in the Race's history, all 11 teams will be dating couples, five of which have never met each other prior to the race.[3] Also introduced this season would be the "Date Night" ticket, in which one fortunate team, who retrieves the special clue for each leg, would be able to participate in a one-on-one romantic-related activity.[4]

This season traveled through five continents and eight countries, under a distance of 35,000 miles (56,000 km).[5]

Teams

S26 LauraTyler
 1st place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
S26 JelaniJenny
 2nd place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
S26 HayleyBlair
 3rd place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
S26 MikeRochelle
 4th place 
Mike & Rochelle
Dating
S26 MattAshley
 5th place 
Matt & Ashley
Dating (Legs 1-3)
Engaged (Legs 3-10)
S26 AlySteve
 6th place 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
S26 JeffJackie
 7th place 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
S26 BergenKurt
 8th place 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
S26 HarleyJonathan
 9th place 
Harley & Jonathan
Dating
S26 LibbyCJ
 10th place 
Libby & CJ
Dating
S26 JeffLyda
 11th place 
Jeff & Lyda
Dating

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 "Great Way to Start a Relationship" February 25, 2015 1 United States → Japan Jelani & Jenny Jeff & Lyda 1st Eliminated
11th Place
6.16[6] 1.5/4[6]
2 "I Got the Smartest Dude" February 27, 2015 2 Japan Jelani & Jenny Libby & CJ 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
6.15[7] 1.1/4[7]
3 "#MurphysLaw" March 6, 2015 3 Japan → Thailand Mike & Rochelle Harley & Jonathan Non-Elimination
Leg
6.07[8] 1.2/5[8]
4 "The Great Amazing Nasty Race" March 13, 2015 4 Thailand Bergen & Kurt Harley & Jonathan 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
6.29[9] 1.1/4[9]
5 "Get in That Lederhosen, Baby" April 3, 2015 5 Thailand → Germany Aly & Steve Bergen & Kurt 4th Eliminated
8th Place
6.07[10] 1.3[10]
6 "Smells Like a Million Bucks" April 10, 2015 6 Germany → France → Monaco → France Hayley & Blair Jeff & Jackie 5th Eliminated
7th Place
5.75[11] 1.1/4[11]
7 "Back in Business" April 17, 2015 7 France → Namibia Matt & Ashley Aly & Steve Non-Elimination
Leg
5.46[12] 1.1/4[12]
8 "Moment of Truth" 8 Namibia Laura & Tyler Aly & Steve 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9 "Can I Get a Hot Tub!" April 24, 2015 9 Namibia → The Netherlands Laura & Tyler Matt & Ashley Non-Elimination
Leg
5.75[13] 1.1/4[13]
10 "Fruits of Our Labor" May 1, 2015 10 The Netherlands → Peru Hayley & Blair Matt & Ashley 7th Eliminated
5th Place
5.52[14] 1.1/5[14]
11 "In It to Win It" May 8, 2015 11 Peru Hayley & Blair Mike & Rochelle Ordered to
Continue Racing
5.48[15] 1.1/5[15]
12 "Monster Truck Heroes" May 15, 2015 12 Peru → United States Laura & Tyler Mike & Rochelle 8th Eliminated
4th Place
5.72[16] 1.1/5[16]
Hayley & Blair 3rd Place
Jelani & Jenny 2nd Place

Leaderboard

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Laura & Tyler 3 2 4 4 6 6 2 1 1 4 3 1 3.08 5-6
2 Jelani & Jenny 1 1 3 7 4 5 4 4ϵ 3 2 2 2 3.17 6-5
3 Hayley & Blair 8 9 2 2 5 1 3 3 2 1 1 3 3.33 5-6
4 Mike & Rochelle 7 8 1 6 7 3 5 5 4 3 4 4 4.75 6-4
5 Matt & Ashley 9 7 6 8 2 4 1 2 5 5 4.90 5-3
6 Aly & Steve 4 3 5 3 1 2 6 6 3.75 3-3
7 Jeff & Jackie 2 6 8 5 3 7 5.17 2-2
8 Bergen & Kurt 6 5 7 1 8 5.40 2-0
9 Harley & Jonathan 5 4 9 9 6.75 1-1
10 Libby & CJ 10 10 10.00 1-0
11 Jeff & Lyda 11 11.00 0-0
Notes [1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6][7]
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: The U-Turn featured in Leg 1 was a Blind U-Turn.
2: Jeff & Lyda attempted to U-Turn Jeff & Jackie, who were ahead of them, therefore having no effect on the second slot of the Double U-Turn.
3: Bergen & Kurt decided to take a 2-hour penalty after forfeiting to utilize the provided vehicle where they needed it in order to complete the task at the Gebr. Schwarz Metall Manufaktur in Munich, Germany due to difficulties driving it. Throughout the leg, Bergen & Kurt had to walk or use public transportation. Additionally, Bergen & Kurt got lost in finding the Detour location of their choice and fell behind all the other teams. Phil met with them at where they rested to eliminate them.
4: Jelani & Jenny used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 8, however they still had to do one side of the Detour since Matt & Ashley U-Turned them before they got to the board.
5: At the Pit Stop in Leg 11, teams checking-in were informed by Phil that there was no mandatory rest period for the leg. Instead, they were told to continue racing, beginning Leg 12.
6: Leg 12 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
7: Mike & Rochelle were eliminated at the midpoint at P2 Ranch.

Trivia

Franchise

  • First time visit to Monaco.
  • First season ever to not feature a single all-female or family team.
  • This is the second season to not feature a friend team (after Family Edition) and the first two-person season to do so.

US

Season 26

  • Tyler is the most quoted racer for episode titles: 5 episodes
  • Every team that was spared on a non-elimination leg was eliminated at some point on the following leg.

Reception

  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (01/20/2015): "Amazing Race really is becoming The Bachelor"
  • Jessica Liese at RHAP (02/05/2015): "Five Broken Game Twists, and how to Improve Them"

References

  1. http://www.cbs.com/shows/2015-finales/photos/1003956/these-are-the-season-finale-storylines-for-your-favorite-shows/81801/the-amazing-race/
  2. CBS News - "The Amazing Race" season 26 cast revealed
  3. Reality Blurred - Amazing Race drops pre-existing relationships for blind date twist
  4. 4.0 4.1 CBS.com - The Amazing Race 26 Will Be The Most Extreme Blind Date Ever
  5. Wikipedia - The Amazing Race 26
  6. 6.0 6.1 Zap2it - Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Empire', 'American Idol', 'Survivor' & 'Arrow' Adjusted Up; 'The 100', 'black-ish' & 'Nashville' Adjusted Down
  7. 7.0 7.1 Zap2it - TV Ratings Friday: 'Cristela' & 'Last Man Standing' Rise, 'Hawaii Five-0' Slides + 'World's Funniest Fails' Flat
  8. 8.0 8.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings: No Adjustment for 'Glee', 'Hawaii Five-0', or 'Shark Tank'
  9. 9.0 9.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings: 'The Amazing Race', 'Cristela', 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'Blue Bloods' Adjusted Down
  10. 10.0 10.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings:'The Amazing Race' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Grimm' or 'Hawaii Five-0'
  11. 11.0 11.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings: '20/20' Adjusted Down; No Adjustments to 'Grimm' or 'Hawaii Five-0'
  12. 12.0 12.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings: 'The Amazing Race' Adjusted Up; '20/20' Adjusted Down
  13. 13.0 13.1 Zap2it - Friday Final Ratings: "Shark Tank' Adjusted Up; 'Cedric's Barber Battle', 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' & 'The Messengers' Adjusted Down
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/friday-final-ratings-the-amazing-race-barber-shop-battle-adjusted-down/398951/
  15. 15.0 15.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/1/friday-final-ratings-shark-tank-hawaii-five-0-the-amazing-race-adjusted-up/402060/
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/friday-final-ratings-the-amazing-race-adjusted-up-the-messengers-adjusted-down/405287/

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