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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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