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“Reader Emails,” “Dr. Reality Steve,” Ratings News & Who is Buying Twitter Followers?

I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” questions have been a little bit less so far this season. Could be a good thing in that I don’t get asked many repetitive questions anymore and people are becoming more educated about how the process of this show works. Or, the negative is that people just don’t care enough anymore about this show and interest is waning. Might be a combination of both since as we know, the ratings for Desiree’s season have been the worst they’ve had for a “Bachelorette” in 5 years. Yes, no other “Bachelorette” season has had to go up against the “Voice” before, so, we’ll see once that ends next week, if the ratings pick up after that. It’s a double edged sword in that yes, Desiree’s ratings are down compared to Emily, Ashley, and Ali’s seasons, but, it’s still drawing a solid number for their 2 hour time block on Monday nights. Also, in the beginning of the season are when the numbers are usually lower because there’s still a lot of guys and people don’t start tuning in until it gets down to the guys who actually last.

With that said, these have been your ratings for the first 3 episodes:

May 27th: 5.9 million viewers (1.9 rating 18-49 demo)
June 3rd: 5.6 million viewers (1.7 rating 18-49 demo)
June 10th: 5.6 million viewers (1.7 rating 18-49 demo)

So the last two weeks have been identical. The Voice finale is next Monday, so I can’t imagine the “Bachelorette’s” numbers doing any better, but after that (starting with the June 24th) episode, if they can’t pull at least 6 million viewers and over a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, that’s not good.

Remember, if you’re looking for Desiree’s season spoilers, you can click here, or just go to the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on “Bachelorette Desiree Spoilers.” Last week in “Reader Emails,” someone had brought up a former contestant from Andy Baldwin’s season who wrote a blog exposing the show for how fake it was and what was being done behind the scenes. I remember reading it at the time thinking, “There’s no way they’re gonna let her continue saying this. She’s essentially breaking her contract by revealing this stuff.” I remembered her name was Kate and I thought the blog was deleted. Apparently not, as a couple of you emailed me the link to it. Here it is:

Now granted, you can tell she was basically told to shut up and stop writing (there hasn’t been anything written since 2007), but it’s a pretty scathing review of her time on Andy’s season. And that she made no bones about the fact she went on the show with a guy back home and producers didn’t seem to care. I think my favorite part is when she talks about how her producer was trying to get Kate to cry so they started crying to make it seem like they actually cared. Definitely one of their go-to moves that I’ve heard has been used numerous times. Man, you gotta be pretty soul-less to be a producer on this show when your whole job for 10 weeks is to manipulate people day in and day out just to get a reaction you want to make your show better. I mean, I get it to a certain extent, but it still makes it a rather seedy job and something I can’t imagine these people love having to live with at the end of the day.

Got this email this past Saturday:

“Hey Steve,

Thought you like this little nugget…

Drew K’s Twitter following went from around 1K to 54K overnight and he has barely been on the show!

Lots of speculation that he (or someone he knows) is buying them…lots of his “followers” look fake…made up name and/or not even in the US. I know you can buy followers for dirt cheap on internet but is he really THAT desperate for the next Bachelor gig? It seems rather pathetic.”

I had no idea about this until I was alerted to this on Saturday so I went and checked it out. Yep. A guy who hasn’t tweeted anything since March 9th suddenly has over 50k Twitter followers, and if you look closely at them, it’s mostly people whose Twitter address is a bunch of letters and numbers strung together, meaning they aren’t real people. I had no idea you could even buy Twitter followers or how it’s done, but that’s obviously the case here. No other guy on Des’ season is even close to approaching Drew’s followers numbers, and most of them are actually tweeting. So I guess someone felt the need to build up Drew’s popularity by buying a bunch of followers. Whether it was him or a family member or a friend, I have no idea, but that’s his account. So someone with access to it obviously did the purchasing, and frankly, there is one person who has access to my Twitter account, and that’s me. I can’t imagine a bunch of different people have access to Drew’s. Pretty shady thing to do, but then again when it comes to this show, nothing surprises me.

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  1. rob22

    June 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    A guy doesn’t tell you he loves you after a year of dating? Girl, he’s just not that in to you. He likes you, probably enjoys your company, you’re a convenient sex partner, he’s too lazy to look for something else…. and that’s about it.

  2. rob22

    June 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    As for the person that’s married 9 1/2 years without a compliment…. read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. You obviously are the language of “Words of Affirmation”. That’s what makes you feel loved. Since he does nice stuff for you, maybe his language is “Acts of Service”. That’s what makes him feel loved. What happens is that people assume is that thing that makes them feel loved is the same thing that makes you feel loved. Which is wrong. If true, you might similarly be telling him great things and giving him “Words of Affirmation” when, in reality, he likes “Acts of Service” aka doing nice stuff for him. Check out the book. It may help both of you.

  3. everglades

    June 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    rob22: I read that book and it changed ALL of my relationships. I recommend that book to everyone. It’s gold.

  4. kjopo84

    June 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    @rob22: great book!

  5. wavecatchingmom

    June 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I think that love languages and He’s just not that into you should be required reading for anyone writing to a blogger for advice :).

  6. lobsterandbeer

    June 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I dozed off halfway through Monday’s episode (no clue why ha!!) When I woke up my hubby was still playing on the laptop in bed, too lazy to turn the channel. He looked at me and said “why are there so many gay guys on this stupid show anyway, there’s like one guy MAYBE that isn’t, so I’m guessing she has no choice but to pick him” HAHAHA

  7. Athena

    June 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Thanks for the link Dianne. FWIW, Brandon pulls no punches in predicting Brooks as the winner. He said he could tell that Des and Brooks had a special connection even early on in the process. Do you think this is for real or do you think he’s been reading RS or that he has insider knowledge from other guys in the house who lasted longer?

  8. Kali

    June 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    To the girl who wrote the last posted letter to Dr. Reality Steve … just a suggestion: look at his parents. Boys (like girls) grow up watching the actions of the parent of their same gender. If a boy grows up seeing that his father does not compliment his mother – and she puts up with it – he’ll become an adult who believes it’s perfectly OK to not compliment the woman in his life – and he won’t understand why it bothers her, since it never seemed to bother his mother. It’s very simple: children learn what they live.

  9. Dianne

    June 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    My pleasure, Athena. Ummmm..I honestly think Brandon saw the chemistry between Brooks & Des, and that’s why he’s saying Brooks is her final choice.

  10. Dianne

    June 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    I just cant’ do it anymore. This is THE most boring season ever. I’m done..

  11. iheartvino

    June 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    About 20 min into last night’s episode, I gave up and switched over to watch The Voice finale. I was just too bored and couldn’t watch the Trashelorette anymore. I hope the season gets better. I know RS says there’s always people that complain every season, but this is the first one that I have actually stopped watching during an episode. It’s way worse than any of the other ones that I can remember. I hope it gets better!

  12. iheartvino

    June 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    hahaha can you tell I really do hope that the season gets better, given I apparently felt the need to say that twice in one comment?

  13. JovisMom

    June 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    iheartvino – I was doing just that – hearting and drinking a lot of Vino to get throught last night…. OMG I’m bored. I can’t imagine ANY of these guys as the next bachelor!

  14. elizabeth82

    June 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Probably the most boring episode of this show EVER. It became the Manny & Jan show for like 45 minutes. Boo, ABC!

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