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.”