Last year, ratings for The Bachelor TV show on ABC dropped off a fair amount, but the network renewed it, anyhow. Now the (in)famous “dating” series is back for its 23rd season, but how much longer will it continue before it’s cancelled or at least shelved for a while? Will The Bachelor be cancelled or renewed for season 24? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
An ABC reality TV series hosted by Chris Harrison, season 23 of The Bachelor features 27-year-old former NFL tight end Colton Underwood as he meets, courts, and weeds out 30 potential “soul mates” in his quest for “true love.” Underwood previously competed during the 14th season of The Bachelorette, but Becca Kufrin sent him packing. He subsequently appeared on season five of Bachelor in Paradise. Whether or not Colton will emerge with his heart and morals intact remains to be seen.
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.
3/13 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 22nd season of The Bachelor on ABC averaged a 1.71 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.33 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 24th season?
*5/10/19 update: ABC has renewed The Bachelor for a 24th season.