A rather interesting beginning to the season. I know this show is all about self promotion, and with Twitter being down for about the first 45 minutes of the show last night, executives must’ve been freaking out. I don’t know if you know this, but last season’s “Bachelor” was the 2nd most tweeted television show in 2014. The “Bachelorette” was 8th. So yeah, it’s a big deal to them when people are talking. They could care less how much people trash the show. As long as they’re talking about it, and the show is trending on Twitter every Monday night, which it always is, they’re happy. In fact last night, it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter for 5 straight hours. But really, was a red carpet hour pre-party really necessary? Yeah, didn’t think so. I’ll talk a bit more on that a little later, but geez, what a time waster. Nothing significant happened, every couple they brought up to talk to Chris (Sean & Catherine, Marcus & Lacy, and Andi & Josh) said absolutely nothing that was remotely interesting. Same answers we hear in every interview they do. Now, the Nikki stuff is obviously what everyone will be talking about. More on that in a moment.
Something I’m a bit confused about right now is the schedule for this season. As we know, the last two “Bachelor” seasons have had one week where they showed back-to-back episodes. It looks like they’re gonna have to do it again this season since extending out every Monday for the next 10 Monday’s, the finale would be March 16th. That’s a week later than normal. Finale has pretty much always been the second Monday in March, with “Bachelorette” beginning filming that week. These people are creatures of habit. They rarely ever stray from their shooting schedule. According to the ABCMedianet.com calendar which has all of ABC’s programming, they haven’t set up the schedule yet either. So just be expecting at some point this season for them to announce there will be two episodes shown back to back-to-back. It’s usually about half way through the season.
The ratings are in and it’s so funny how it can be spun in any way to present the argument you’re trying to make. If you hate Chris, think this season will suck, and you are still pissing and moaning that Arie isn’t the “Bachelor,” you’ll point to this article about last night’s ratings. However, the same exact numbers also reveal how well the show did last night if you point to this article about the ratings. So it’s all in the presentation. Last year’s premiere with Juan Pablo drew 8.4 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo. Last night for Chris drew 7.7 million viewers and a 2.2 rating. So in a vaccum, yes, last season’s premiere was better. But the further you dig, you’ll know that last year went up against nothing but repeats (although it was opposite the national championship game like next week’s episode will be), and it was 2 hours compared to 3 for this year.
You know what Sean’s premiere did? 6.9 million viewers. Season before that with Ben? 7.7 million. So it’s all relative. The main thing this show cares about is winning the 18-49 demo for the two hours that they’re on every Monday night, and they did. Period. End of story. Saying no one’s watching, or no one cares, or this season will suck because it’s Chris is complete ignorance. Everyone has their opinion, but the numbers don’t lie. This show is in its 29th season, and still wins it’s time slot for the demo they want every Monday night. Can’t dispute that, even though all of the Arie minions I’m sure will. Get over it people. The show will be fine, plenty of people watched last night and will watch the rest of the season, just like they do EVERY season.
Here was Chris’ appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night. For the first time in I can’t remember how long, Kimmel didn’t pretend to “guess” the final four and the lead’s final pick. Good. That gimmick is getting pretty old anyway:
The press release for next Monday’s episode is out and it breaks down the dates:
-6 girls have a pool party that turns into tractor racing in their bikinis in downtown LA. It’s Mackenzie, Tandra, Jade, Ashley I., Tara, and Kimberly. So yes, that means he does take Kimberly back in the beginning of next week’s episode meaning 23 will start the episode and 5 will get eliminated by the end.
-Megan gets the only 1-on-1 date in the episode as she gets a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.
-11 girls go zombie paint balling.
That means only 18 girls get to go on dates next week, so 5 don’t have a date. Not sure which 5 yet since no pictures from the zombie paint balling have been released as of now. If/when those get released, I’ll be able to tell you which 5 didn’t get dates. Just because 5 are being eliminated next episode and 5 don’t happen to get dates, that doesn’t mean it’s the same 5. It’s not. They’ve always done that. I bet some front runners are part of the 5 next week that don’t get any. Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. Happens every season.
Back with “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” on Thursday, along with the return of the live video chat Thursday night. Starting next week, “Reader Emails” will be on Wednesday, with “Dr. Reality Steve” having it’s own column on Thursday so start sending all your sex/relationship/marriage questions and concerns to me because, well, I know it all and I can help. I’ve been voted the best relationship expert by a reality show blogger. Granted, I’m the only one who voted, but still. I’m here to help.