Fans don’t have to worry about ABC cancelling The Bachelorette any time too soon. The summer dating reality series was already renewed for a 14th season, back in mid-May. Still, this cycle is notable, as it is the first season in the entire Bachelor franchise to feature an African-American lead. Seasons 11 and 12 earned higher ratings than season 10. Will The Bachelorette‘s (overly tardy) step towards diversity draw an even larger audience in the 13th cycle? Stay tuned.
The 13th installment of The Bachelorette follows Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay — an alumna of the Nick Viall season of The Bachelor — on her quest for true love. Lindsay and host Chris Harrison will welcome celebrity guests Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Ellen DeGeneres, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and new country music star Russell Dickerson to the ABC TV show. Locations will include Hilton Head, South Carolina; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Geneva, Switzerland; the Swiss Alps; and Sweden. And, of course, the series will return to the USA for the traditional “hometown” dates.
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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For comparisons: The 12th cycle of The Bachelorette averaged a 1.97 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.825 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you still like The Bachelorette TV series? Should this reality TV show be cancelled or renewed beyond season 14?