James Hibberd
September 18, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EDT

For awhile there, it looked like the TV Academy may have changed course from awarding CBS’ The Amazing Race every year with the outstanding reality competition Emmy. Last year Bravo’s Top Chef broke the veteran travel competition series’ seven-year winning streak. But alas for rivals like American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef and So You Think You Can Dance, tonight Race once again claimed the top reality prize.

“I just went around the world 55 times,” said Race executive producer Bertram van Munster. “It’s very uncomfortable. It takes a tremendous amount effort — every camera position, every detail … it’s a very complex operation.” For a full list of Emmy winners, see here.

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