Whatever’s going on with “The Bachelorette” it’s not good.
In four weeks since this season began, the ABC dating show has dropped by 600,000 viewers.
The season began with 3.7 million and last night fell to around 3.1 million. And this season was already off by 25% from the last one. The poor showing pulled ABC down for the whole night, and they lost the evening to CBS in total viewers (but won in the key age group).
The absence of host Chris Harrison has to be a factor. He’s been replaced by two women, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who are nondescript, have succeeded him unsuccessfully.
The audience departure could have to do with the audience’s overall boredom, or their unexpressed anger over Harrison’s racism flap from last season. But I doubt it.
No the week to week fall of has to do with the show as it’s produced, the players involved including the hosts and the Bachelorette herself.
The producers have mixed in a couple of villains, on purpose, to keep things interesting. But one of them seemed to me so much like a psycho, the whole thing came off as ridiculous.
It’s going to be a long summer.