Tuesday, May 21, 2024

TV: Cancel Culture Sinks “The Bachelor” to Lowest Ratings of This Season and Second Lowest of All Time After Racism Scandal Explodes

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I didn’t see it, don’t ask me to figure out what happened.

But “The Bachelor” fell to its lowest rating of this season and second lowest of all time on Monday night with “The Women Tell All.”

This is the 12th year of “The Bachelor” and the 25th “season.” It’s also been an utter disaster on the part of the show with a racism scandal that has sunk the whole enterprise.

Matt James is the first Black Bachelor, and there’s nothing wrong with him. But his apathetic approach to the contestants was followed by his choosing of a white woman who turned out to have a racist past.

ThenĀ  host Chris Harrison was interviewed by former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, and the results were explosive. Harrison has been replaced for the final show, which is live, by a former NFL player who is Black. Then Lindsay suffered some blowback for saying all the right things and announced she was disassociating herself with the franchise. Could things have gone any more wrong?

Monday night’s episode scored just 4.69 million viewers and dropped in the key demo, too. The show lost about 800,000 viewers from the previous week. That’s steep! ABC and the production should be concerned they’ve really wrecked their little business. I doubt Chris Harrison will come back from this.

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Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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