Season 31 of The Amazing Race will leave the starting line more than a month earlier than scheduled. CBS said today that the new iteration will premiere at 9 PM Wednesday, April 17; it had been set for May 22. With that move, the network has banished LeBron James’ Million Dollar Mile from its Wednesday timeslot to Saturdays after just two episodes. CBS will air a repeat of NCIS in Million Dollar Mile’s timeslot next week.
Million Dollar Mile will air the remaining eight episodes of its 10-episode season on Saturdays beginning May 4, at 8 PM with Ransom moving back an hour to 9 PM.
The move comes after Million Dollar Mile premiered to soft ratings. It opened with a 1.0/4 rating and 4.1 million viewers in its debut episode, declining to 0.8/4 and 3.4 million viewers in week 2.
The network also released a sneak peek at the upcoming season, which comes with a twist: It will match teams of fan-favorite racers alongside duos from Survivor and Big Brother in a “reality showdown.” Watch the clip below.
Watch the new promo for the multiple-Emmy-winning Amazing Race here, and read up on the new series-crossing teams for Season 31 below:
Art Velez (49) and John James “JJ” Carrell (49)
Friends from Temecula and San Marcos, Calif.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 20
Colin Guinn (38) and Christie Woods (40)
Life Partners from Austin
Previous season: The Amazing Race 5
Becca Droz (28) and Floyd Pierce (23)
Friends from Boulder and Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 29
Leo Temory (31) and Jamal Zadran (30)
Cousins from Pasadena, Calif. and Houston
Previous seasons: The Amazing Race 23 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars
Tyler Oakley (31) and Korey Kuhl (33)
Friends from Los Angeles and San Francisco
Previous season: The Amazing Race 28
Chris Hammons (40) and Bret Labelle (44)
Friends from Moore, Okla. and Dedham, Mass.
Previous season: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
Corinne Kaplan (39) and Eliza Orlins (35)
Friends from Denver. and New York
Previous seasons: Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan (Corinne); Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia (Eliza)
Rupert (54) and Laura (49) Boneham
Married from Indianapolis
Previous seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Rupert); Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Laura)
Janelle Pierzina (38) and Britney Haynes (30)
Friends from Lakeville, Minn. and Tulsa, Okla.
Previous seasons: Big Brother 6, Big Brother All-Stars and Big Brother 14 (Janelle); Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 14 (Britney)
Rachel Reilly (34) and Elissa Slater (32)
Sisters from Van Nuys, Calif. and Las Vegas
Previous Seasons: Big Brother 12, winner Big Brother 13, The Amazing Race 20 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Rachel); Big Brother 15 (Elissa)
Nicole Franzel (26) and Victor Arroyo (28)
Dating from Ubly, Mich.
Previous seasons: Big Brother 16, winner of Big Brother 18 (Nicole); Big Brother 18 (Victor)