Bachelor 8′s ratings improved throughout the season

Although the post-show news that Travis and Sarah broke up may have left Bachelor 8 viewers sobbing into their pillows about the death of love and romance, more viewers watched this season than watched the last few seasons. Even better for ABC, viewership increased an incredible 89 percent throughout the season among viewers 18 to 49.

The show “averaged 9.3 million total viewers” overall, according to Media Life Magazine, while its finale’s rating among 18- to 49-year-olds was “up 31 percent from the previous season. And this means the show will probably return. One analyst, John Rash, says, “While the ‘Bachelor’ may never be the cultural phenomenon it was in its first few iterations, its ratings have stabilized and it remains a strategic component of ABC’s schedule.”

Indeed, the show is already searching for its next star, although ABC hasn’t officially picked up a new season.

Heart, be still: ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ revives [Media Life Magazine]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.