Although some fans of The Bachelor TV show on ABC may grumble that they feel the fix is in, people still tune in to watch it in droves. As far as unscripted TV series go, last year it remained the Alphabet Network’s top performer in the demo and trailed after only Dancing With the Stars, in terms of total viewership. Still, its ratings have dropped off over the years, which will eventually take a toll. Is this the year? Will The Bachelor be cancelled or renewed for season 23? Stay tuned.
An ABC dating reality TV show hosted by Chris Harrison, season 22 of The Bachelor features 36-year-old race car driver, Arie Luyendyk Jr., as he meets, courts, and weeds out 29 potential “soul mates” in his quest for “true love.” Luyendyk was previously a runner-up suitor in the eighth season of The Bachelorette, during the summer of 2012, but while Emily Maynard selected Jef Holm, that couple reportedly broke up before the year was out. Whether or not Arie will cross the finish line smelling like a rose remains to be seen. **Status update, below.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in 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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For comparisons: The 21st season of The Bachelor on ABC averaged a 2.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.274 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? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 23rd season?
**3/13/2018 update: The Bachelor has been renewed for season 23 on ABC. Details here.