Thursday, June 20, 2024

Monday Ratings: “The Voice” Stomps All Over “The Bachelor” Finale, Which Was Down from 2022, Producer Exiting After 21 Years, Y&R Snubs Aretha

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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!

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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