Monday Ratings: “The Voice” Stomps All Over “The Bachelor” Finale, Which Was Down from 2022, Producer Exiting After 21 Years, Y&R Snubs Aretha
The big news from last night is Mike Fleiss is leaving “The Bachelor” world. After 21 years of enduring hundreds of low IQ contestants, Fleiss is taking flight. Last night’s show was his last.
Fleiss invented “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” He stopped overseeing them on a day to day business about 10 years ago, but he’s still been very involved. He survived the Chris Harrison-Rachel Lindsay racism debacle, too. But now is time to say goodbye.
He’s right on time. Last night’s series finale of “The Bachelor” was down from last year’s by 250,000 viewers. Zach Shallcross, no genius, led one girl on and then popped the question with another. The high point of his series was when he got COVID in London and no one cared. The low point was when he slept with the girl he didn’t marry, then told everyone. Classy!
Over on NBC, “The Voice” trampled “The Bachelor” by 2 million viewers with 6.1 total overnight ratings.
Meantime, CBS aired an Entertainment Tonight special (they own that show) on the 50th anniversary of their soap “The Young and the Restless.” I fast forwarded through it this morning. There was a segment about celebrities who’d been on the show but nothing about their biggest fan, Aretha Franklin. She loved this show, and even presented a Daytime Emmy in 2005 with star Eric Braeden. What a shame ET didn’t do its homework!