ABC renews The Bachelor for 10th season due to solid Bachelor 9 ratings

Can a network squeeze even more life out of a dry, atrophied corpse of a reality show? Of course it can! ABC has renewed The Bachelor for a 10th season.

Variety says this renewal, which has not yet been officially announced, “completes a major comeback for the [show], which as recently as a year ago seemed to be nearing the end of its lifespan.” A year ago? Try three.

However, declining “ratings perked up enough that ABC decided to bring the show back again,” the paper reports. Specifically, the show has done well on Mondays at 9, where it “is averaging a 3.3 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, with particularly impressive numbers among ABC’s core Monday night demo of younger females.”

There is “[n]o word yet on scheduling, but” Variety says the series “could be ready in time for a late spring debut if ABC wants to bring it back then.”

‘Bachelor’ in swing [Variety]

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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.