Can I just give a little travel rant? Thank you. I’ve actually done this before, but since it happened again yesterday, might as well repeat it. I board the plane yesterday and we’re about 10 minutes from our scheduled take off before the pilot comes on and says some maintenance is being done at the back of the plane, and he’d let us know as soon as it’s done. I have no problem with that. What I did have a problem with was the lady next to me that let out a giant sigh like she’s being inconvenienced. Lady, would you rather them NOT fix what needs to be fixed and we just take off? I’ll never understand people who are that impatient and aren’t thinking of the alternative when it comes to a possible broken plane. Sorry, but I’d rather have a fully functional plane than take off and go crashing into the ocean. Guess I’m weird like that. Best part of the whole story? It ended up being fixed right away and we were never late for take off, making her little hissy fit and mumbling under her breath all the more ridiculous.
A lot of you asked last Thursday during the live chat, and again through the weekend on email how Eric’s family was dealing with everything. Were they watching? Were they mad? Yesterday I was emailed an article written by Eric’s sister, Karen Tracy, on how she’s dealt with the show. It’s a very good read and puts a lot of things in perspective for everyone. Take the time to read this link:
Then last night after the show ended I received an email that I was pretty surprised to receive. It was from Karen Tracy. Here’s what it said:
Hi Reality Steve,
I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for the way you’ve handled Eric’s part on “The Bachelorette.” For a show that invites mockery and cynicism, I appreciate that you treated Eric’s story with such respect. He really was a remarkable person, and I like that you mentioned more than once how his part in the show should be kept in perspective with the rest of his real life. Lots of writers have been respectful, but you’ve handled it with special class. Eric was visiting me when he signed the contract and I begged him not to do it, but when I realized he was set on it I tried to be supportive. As always, he was none other than himself to the end, for better or for worse. He really felt terrible that he made Andi cry.
Anyway, I felt the need to express my gratitude to you before I signed out. Best wishes to you in your endeavors.
It was great to receive an email like and I thanked Karen for it. It was the least I could do. I didn’t know Eric, nor would I ever claim to know him. Hell, in real life, Eric and I probably couldn’t be any more different in our lifestyles. But I respect what he did and I hate to hear his life was cut short. Like his sister said, her whole life she braced herself for the phone call that she’d eventually get. Doesn’t make it any easier, but if anyone “lived life to its fullest,” it was Eric. RIP Eric. You will be missed. My thoughts on how the show handled everything are later on in the column.
No real way to transition easily into something else, but as they say, the show must go on. Gonna do something a little bit different tomorrow. I want all your reactions to what you thought of how the Eric situation was handled. Positive or negative. I will post those emails tomorrow. Some I’ll add my comments, some I won’t. But I don’t want to mix those in to Thursday’s “Reader Emails” as I feel it’d be all over the place and those emails would get lost. So email today with your thoughts on it (how would you have handled it, what’d you like, what didn’t you like, etc) and I’ll post those responses tomorrow. If you could, in your subject could you please put Eric’s name in it just so it’s easier to separate those emails from “Reader Emails” on Thursday? Thanks.
So lets talk about ratings. Sunday night’s were horrendous. Some of the lowest numbers I’ve seen in a while, but then again, it wasn’t on its normal night. When you do that to shows, you certainly aren’t going to see a spike in your numbers. Last night’s numbers are more indicative of what we can expect. You realize that last night was the first Monday in four episodes where it ran in its normal time slot and wasn’t on a holiday? So what happens? It produces its best numbers since the premiere. A 1.7 in the 18-49 demo and 6.5 million viewers, up 1.5 million over Sunday night’s episode. So I expect this is where it’ll stay for the rest of the season, which is pretty consistent from what we saw with Desiree’s season. All seems to be back to normal.
Remember, there is no new episode next week. As of right now, ABC has only a one hour slot open next Monday, and according to their schedule on June 9th, they haven’t filled it with anything yet. So next Monday no new episode, and on June 16th, we’re back to a regular schedule for the rest of the season. Every Monday night for two hours 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST until the finale happens on July 28th.
By the way, I forgot to add a video to yesterday’s column when I was talking about Nick’s take on soul mates. I referenced Chris Rock’s stand up, but then never included the video. It’s in there now if you want to go back and check it out. Spot on.