Monday, June 17, 2024

TV: Summer Run of ABC’s”The Bachelorette” Has Lost a Million Viewers Compared to Last Chapter


This summer. “The Bachelorette” has been a bummer.

Maybe it’s because the people have been fairly normal, and not the usual jackals who compete in this crap fest.

Last night’s episode fell 11.6% from the prior Monday, and this was the one where all the guys come on and gossip about the previous episodes. This season’s ratings have averaged 2.3 million viewers, down about 1 million from the last season.

Next week is the finale, and it seems like anyone who’s interested already knows the ending. The Bachelorette, Charity Lawson, is smart and has a career as a child and family therapist. She’s not the show’s usual airheads. She’s also a college graduate whose primary focus isn’t on her nails or volleyball. So that may have turned off the TV audience.

Isn’t it time all of this ended? I know it’s cheaper to produce than real TV shows, and doesn’t need writers because no one would take credit for this junk. The ratings suggest the audience has lost interest. Time to cut bait.

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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