Face-sucking and wild, crazy promotion give The Bachelor its lowest ratings ever

The Bachelor had its lowest ratings ever on Monday, dropping significantly without much competition, perhaps a sign that Ben Flanjik was a poor choice.

Monday’s episode–aka the episode during which Blakeley really did good work for the producers–had just 7.2 million viewers, which Entertainment Weekly reports were its “lowest numbers ever” and “down 8 percent from last week’s premiere” and a night that “should have been stronger since rival CBS aired nothing but repeats.”

This cover screams, That happened despite both the make-out session and game-playing by Blakeley, and the network’s best attempt to sell this season as actually interesting. People’s Jan. 16 cover, on newsstands before the episode aired, screamed, “The Bachelor Gets Wild!” with a hilariously unflattering photo, and teased “cat fights & crazy nights” and “an outragous cast of would-be wives.”

One episode isn’t enough to declare a season or a series dead. But I do wonder if the desperation to continue the ongoing narrative by casting people from within the franchise to lead it, never mind the increasing craziness of the women cast for their craziness, hasn’t turned off some of the core viewers who actually tune in to see a potential relationship and love story unfold.

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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.