The Amazing Race 12 is the twelveth season of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 4, 2007 and ended on January 20, 2008 on CBS. The entire season was released on DVD (exclusively only through Amazon.com) on March 24, 2014.[1]

Development

The season was initially scheduled to air mid-season,[2] but was bumped up to November 4, 2007 due to low ratings for Viva Laughlin.[3]

Filming began on July 8, 2007 and ended July 29, 2007. This season traveled a total of 30,000 mi (48,000 km) across 10 countries in four continents. Travelocity was the official sponsor during this season and provided prizes to winning teams on every legs (except the final leg).

The producers of the show initially stated that Non-Elimination Legs would be dropped,[4][5] but this turned out not to be the case as only the penalty for coming in last on a Non-Elimination Leg was changed, from the team being Marked for Elimination to being required to perform a Speed Bump on the following leg.

This season also dropped the Yield, which had been in place since The Amazing Race 5, in favoring of replacing it with the U-Turn.

Teams

TK & Rachel
 1st place 
TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
Ron & Christina
 2nd place 
Ron & Christina
Father/Daughter
Nicolas & Donald
 3rd place 
Nicolas & Donald
Grandson/Grandfather
Nathan & Jennifer
 4th place 
Nathan & Jennifer
Dating
Kent & Vyxsin
 5th place 
Kynt & Vyxsin
Dating Goths
Azaria & Hendekea
 6th place 
Azaria & Hendekea
Brother/Sister
Shana & Jennifer
 7th place 
Shana & Jennifer
Friends
Lorena & Jason
 8th place 
Lorena & Jason
Dating
Marianna & Julia
 9th place 
Marianna & Julia
Sisters
Kate & Pat
 10th place 
Kate & Pat
Married Ministers
Ari & Staella
 11th place 
Ari & Staella
Best Friends

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)[6]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)[6]
1 "Donkeys Have Souls, Too" November 4, 2007 1 United States → Ireland Azaria & Hendekea Ari & Staella 1st Eliminated
11th Place
13.72 4.3/10
2 "I've Become the Archie Bunker of the Home" November 11, 2007 2 Ireland → The Netherlands Lorena & Jason Kate & Pat 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
10.48 3.2/8
3 "Please, Lord, Give Me Milk" November 18, 2007 3 The Netherlands → Burkina Faso Azaria & Hendekea Marianna & Julia 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
11.86 3.8/9
4 "Let's Name Our Chicken Phil" November 25, 2007 4 Burkina Faso Azaria & Hendekea Lorena & Jason 4th Eliminated
8th Place
11.80 3.6/8
5 "We've Really Burned Bridges, for Sure" December 2, 2007 5 Burkina Faso → Lithuania TK & Rachel Shana & Jennifer 5th Eliminated
7th Place
11.26 3.5/8
6 "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted" December 9, 2007 6 Lithuania → Croatia Ron & Christina Azaria & Henedekea 6th Eliminated
6th Place
11.95 3.9/9
7 "This Is Forever, Now" December 23, 2007 7 Croatia → Italy Nicolas & Donald Kynt & Vyxsin Non-Elimination
Leg
8.97 2.8/8
8 "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!" December 30, 2007 8 Italy → India TK & Rachel Kynt & Vyxsin 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9.69 2.9/7
9 "I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us" January 6, 2008 9 India → Japan Ron & Christina TK & Rachel Non-Elimination
Leg
11.99 3.9/9
10 "Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You" January 13, 2008 10 Japan → Taiwan Ron & Christina Nathan & Jennifer 8th Eliminated
4th Place
11.65 3.8/9
11 "The Final Push" January 20, 2008 11 Taiwan → United States TK & Rachel Nicolas & Donald 3rd Place 9.75 3.1/7
Ron & Christina 2nd Place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Average Roadblock
1 TK & Rachel 3 6 2 7 1 4 4 1 4 2 1 3.18 5-6
2 Ron & Christina 7 9 5 3 3 1 3 3 1 1 2 3.45 5-6
3 Nicolas & Donald 5 8 6 4 6 5 1 2 3 3 3 4.18 6-4
4 Nathan & Jennifer 10 2 3 2 5 3 2 4 2 4 3.70 5-5
5 Kynt & Vyxsin 2 4 4 5 2 2 5 5 3.63 4-4
6 Azaria & Hendekea 1 5 1 1 4 6 3.00 4-2
7 Shana & Jennifer 6 3 7 6 7 5.80 3-2
8 Lorena & Jason 4 1 8 8 5.25 1-3
9 Marianna & Julia 9 7 9 8.33 2-1
10 Kate & Pat 8 10 9.00 2-0
11 Ari & Staella 11 11.00 0-1
Notes [1] [2]
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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn

Notes:
1: Nathan & Jennifer initially arrived 2nd, but did not take legal transportation to the Pit Stop. They were asked to go back to the end of the Detour and take a taxi back to the Pit Stop. Kynt & Vyxsin checked in during that time period, dropping them to 3rd.
2: Kynt & Vyxsin used their U-Turn power on Nicolas & Donald. However, Nicolas & Donald were actually ahead of them, thus the U-Turn had no effect.

Trivia

Franchise

US

Reception

  • Eric Goldman at IGN.com (05/16/2007): "Wolverine will sing on CBS; Amazing Race put on hold"
  • Josef Adalian at Variety (12/09/2007): "Amazing Race still running"

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