Friday, May 24, 2024

“The Bachelorette” Without Chris Harrison Has Lost a Half Million Viewers in Four Miserable Weeks


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 He’s been replaced by two women, Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who are nondescript, have succeeded him unsuccessfully.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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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