The Amazing Race 5
is the fifth installment of the American reality television
show The Amazing Race
. The Amazing Race 5
featured 11 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
This season premiered on July 6, 2004, with weekly showings at 8:00 pm EDT
, followed by Big Brother 5
. The 2-hour season finale aired on September 21, 2004.
Married parents Chip and Kim McAllister were the winners of the race, and were the first African American
contestants to win the competition.
At 46 and 44 respectively, Chip & Kim are the oldest winning male and female (she is tied with Season 7's
Joyce); together they form the oldest winning team.
Development and filming
After the anemic ratings for The Amazing Race 4
, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves
doubted whether the series would be renewed for another season. After much deliberation, CBS officially ordered a fifth installment of the Race
in September 2003. Some observers cited the series' recent Emmy win as the factor behind its renewal. While CBS flirted with the idea of a fall premiere
, it ultimately gave Season 5 a summer broadcast to create momentum for The Amazing Race 6
on the fall schedule.
This season introduced two major twists to the Race
: the Yield and a non-elimination penalty. The Yield allowed... Read More