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“Bachelor in Paradise” – Episode 2 Recap, Ratings, “Secrets” of the “Bachelor,” & More

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You know how not into this Paradise season I am? I watched all of last Tuesday’s episode then completely forgot to recap on Wednesday. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in the 15 years of this site. Yeah, I had “Reader Emails” to do and some other stuff to cover, but I just blanked on writing my Paradise thoughts. Now, it’s not like there was a ton to cover since the first 45 minutes of the show was just intro videos and everyone arriving in Mexico. Not a whole hell of a lot of content there. Then the last hour and fifteen minutes were the Colton and Tia show, which was followed up again last night by Part 2 of the Colton and Tia show. Good Lord, it’s old already. Like, the show is obsessed with these two. I get that each one of them has their own sets of fans out there, and maybe some weirdos want them to fall in love and live happily ever after, but geez, it’s complete overkill at this point. I’m guessing most people are tired of that storyline, and we’re two episodes deep into it.

You know how else I know the audience might be tiring of these contrived storylines? The ratings. Yes, the show premiered on a Tuesday, but I want you to look at the ratings for the first 4 seasons of Paradise’s premiere episode:

Season 1: 5 million viewers, 1.3 rating
Season 2: 4.7 million viewers, 1.3 rating
Season 3: 4.5 million viewers, 1.4 rating
Season 4: 5 million viewers, 1.5 rating
Season 5: 3.8 million viewers, 1.1 rating

To put it in perspective, the premiere of Winter Games on a Tuesday drew 3.0 million viewers and a .8 rating. Like I said, starting on a Tuesday didn’t help since that’s not the night that this franchise “owns.” We’ll see what last night’s episode came in at since it’s the first Monday episode of the season. But honestly, the reaction I saw a lot of was exasperation and so much time being spent on Colton and Tia. I wasn’t the only one who’s over it. With that said, is it on the verge of getting cancelled? No. But it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

Now that we’re into Paradise season, just wanted to let you know that the schedule on this site doesn’t change. You’ll have a smaller recap of the show on Tuesdays, “Reader Emails” and a mini recap of Tuesday’s episode, then Thursday’s “Dr. Reality Steve” and your weekly podcast. Your next “He Said, She Said” podcast (Episode #4) will be released next Tuesday, and it’s a real interesting one. Interesting enough that there’s only one call on it. But she has a pretty detailed story that gets pretty deep. Just a completely messed up situation. Looking forward to you all hearing it.

Don’t forget to check out Nell Kalter’s “Floribama Shore” recap up every Tuesday for your reading pleasure. This Thursday she will begin recapping “Are You the One” season 7, which premieres tomorrow night. So a double dose of Nell coming weekly for the next couple month. Get ready.

Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in for this week. Usually when Paradise is on, the email bag is a little smaller on a weekly basis, but still would like to have as many as we can get. So fill it up in the next 24 hours if you may. Just not with the same question about why the driveway is wet or what’s going on with Shawn & Kaitlyn (although the second one is already in tomorrow’s column).

At least the Duke football is trying to find some sort of humor in this season, no?

It’s all fun and games until the season starts, Blue Devils. At least you have Army on a Friday night in week 1. You can probably pencil that in as a “W” right now. And if you can’t beat them, the rest of your season looks bleak.

Robert Mills did a “Secrets of the Bachelor” interview that, I guess, aren’t really secrets if you’ve followed this site for any moment in the last 15 years. Nothing in there you didn’t know already, but for whatever reason, he did get one thing wrong. Not sure why he said there were two days in between each overnight date. There’s only one. Plenty of photo evidence over the years has proven that to be the case. Then again, Mills tends to blank on basic facts from this show quite often, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.

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  1. rob22

    August 14, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    The sense I get from Colton is that he showed up to audition for The Bachelor. Or, at least that’s what the producers told him. So he arrives and knows he has to deal with the Tia situation. And if he’s really going to be The Bachelor, he really can’t start anything up with Tia…. nor can he totally screw her over and become a villain. So, he’s in Bachelor hell, and he handles it about as poorly as possible. Though, I have to say, the whole situation was setup to be one gigantic cluster f*ck. I don’t know what it is with Tia either, since she seems to have some male repellent all over her. Guys get a little closer and then it’s like “nah, I don’t think so”. Perhaps it’s a little hint of desperation? IDK. Beyond that drama, which is not all that great, what possible reason is there to watch this show? I guess that’s why I typically watch an episode, or two, then we’re like… nah, I don’t think so. Really Tia, it’s not you, it’s me.

  2. nsawyer1010

    August 14, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    How does Nick end up with Chelsea if he is already gone? Did I miss something? Anyone know?

  3. pugmom

    August 14, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    I liked the first episode of paradise way more than the one last night. They focused wayyy too much on Tia and Colton. I really don’t care for both. I wanted to see more humor from Jordan, Wills, Bibiana. I also love Grocery Joe (he seems so normal and goofy, his smile is amazing). Yeah I got none of that. Colton strikes me as someone who isn’t very honest. I think it’s the smirk. Tia has that same smirk too. They’re kinda perfect for each other.

  4. jlal

    August 14, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    rob22, I too thought Tia is coming off a tad desperate.
    I also called it wrong with Colton unless he is a really good actor. I didn’t think he had it bad for Becca at all. If that was real last night, then he really did care for Becca. Who knew?
    When Bibi picked Colton I knew right away it was a production set-up, so, so obvious. They needed him there the next day for Becca to show up. I hope Bibi struck a deal too, like they wouldn’t let her go home if Colton didn’t pick her next week.
    Glad Nick and Wills are both gone. Nick was a douche and Wills just bugged me. His style and the way he talked.
    I love Kenny!
    Still love Joe!
    Would love to see Colton go home.

  5. kathyfrank1222

    August 14, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    It was John with Chelsea not Nick

  6. ctrealitygirl

    August 14, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    For the life of me, I cannot understand why the producers are so hell-bent on “marketing” Colton for The Bachelor. In all the viewers’ comments I’ve read on various sites, no one wants him! He comes off as smug, insincere and basically spewing platitudes. And if they really did want him, they screwed up big time casting him on BIP…this whole Tia situation is super annoying and making both them so unlikeable.

  7. ctrealitygirl

    August 14, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    PS: I’m with you jlal. Not a big Wills fan and don’t get why so many women are gaga over him and begging for him to be the Bachelor. I truly hope not! And I, too, love Grocery Joe and Kenny.

  8. Caroll

    August 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Tia is annoying and desperate.

  9. ctrealitygirl

    August 14, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    I hate what this show has morphed into. Originally it was designed to be lighter summer entertainment, where Bach/ette rejects went to drink in excess and sleep around and have fun. Now all the players know who’s coming in advance and they go with the intention of hooking up with one person in particular and look to couple up immediately…all looking to be the next Jade and Tanner or Carly and Evan. And so many of them appear desperate. It’s not fun to watch any more. I have slept thru both episodes so far and skimmed thru the recording. Big snooze fest

  10. tinyred500

    August 14, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    I agree, and as super cheesy as it is, it was supposed be light heated and not to be taken seriously. I guess it’s the Winter Games for me now. I enjoyed that, I enjoyed seeing different nationalities interact, and hope this years season is a lot longer than 4 or 5 episodes. 😀

  11. lucymeowkin

    August 14, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    I was actually laughing out loud when Colton was crying. It just seemed so manipulative. He is definitely setting himself up for Bachelor.

    It seemed at first like he was trying hard to make himself cry. Blech. Tired of Tia and Colton, and it’s only episode 2!

  12. screenname

    August 14, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Tia was desperate when she sabotaged Bekah with Arie. She was desperate when she came back to tell Becca that she still had feelings for Colton. And she’s still desperate now because she can’t tell Colton is just not that into her. Poor guy just wants to do what every other person in Paradise is there for– to date people.
    Also, let me guess, the 8 girls already signed up for the next Bachelor are all generic blondes named Madison and/or Lauren. Can we just get a bachelor who is actually into more diverse women, please?

  13. jlal

    August 14, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Watchin and just saw that Colton 26, too young.

  14. tinyred500

    August 15, 2018 at 12:30 AM

    An immature 26 year old at that, I doubt very much he’s a serious choice for the producers as the bachelor. Roll on September when we’ll know.

  15. upmyalley

    August 15, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    I don’t get the appeal of Colton to Tia or Becca or anyone for that matter. I have a feeling when he loses his virginity he will become BN new Nick. Haha!

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