Every year, you hear viewers complain that The Bachelor TV show is contrived and fake but, year after year, the ABC series manages to stay on the air. Will the ratings hold up this time around? Will The Bachelor be renewed for a 22nd season or, will it be cancelled instead?
On this season of The Bachelor, Nick Viall, a 35-year-old technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the one looking for love. Previously, he had his heart broken by Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe and he failed to find his soul mate on Bachelor in Paradise. Will this time around be different? Will America tune in? Chris Harrison returns as host of this venerable ABC series.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Last year comparison: The 20th season of The Bachelor averaged a 2.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.02 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like The Bachelor TV series on ABC? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 22nd season?