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:
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! https://twitter.com/DrewKenney
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.