Bachelor star reveals why the show is REALLY flopping

Bachelor star reveals why the show is REALLY flopping – as Channel 10 starts airing double episodes to finish Jimmy Nicholson’s season quicker

The future of The Bachelor has been called into question following record-low ratings this season. 

And while some experts have blamed the failure of Jimmy Nicholson’s season on ‘franchise fatigue’, one Bachelorette star has offered a very different explanation. 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Saturday, Luke McLeod claimed the global pandemic is to blame for this season’s waning ratings. 

Blame it on Covid! Bachelorette star Luke McLeod, 37, (pictured) believes that the failure of Jimmy Nicholson’s season of The Bachelor can be chalked up to viewers’ desire for ‘uplifting’ content amid the pandemic 

Luke, 37, who appeared on Sophie Monk’s season in 2017, explained: ‘There’s so much heaviness in the news – people don’t want to see that when they flick over to their escapism shows as well; people want to be uplifted.’

The wellness influencer added: ‘When The Bachelor focuses on the love story rather than the rivalries or drama, it can be like that.’

It comes after Channel 10 began airing  double episodes of The Bachelor last week in an effort to finish Jimmy Nicholson’s ratings-starved season quicker.

Weighing in: The wellness influencer added: ‘When The Bachelor focuses on the love story rather than the rivalries or drama, it can be like that’ 

Another nail in The Bachelor’s coffin: It comes after Channel 10 began airing double episodes to finish Jimmy Nicholson’s (pictured) ratings-starved season quicker 

The show, which has suffered the worst ratings in the franchise’s eight-year history, aired two episodes back to back in the 7.30pm time slot on Thursday.

There will be another double episode on Wednesday, August 18.  

While it’s common for networks to truncate seasons that aren’t performing, a 10 spokesperson told Perth Now these double episodes have ‘always been planned’.  

Oh, dear: The show, which has suffered the worst ratings in the franchise’s eight-year history, aired two episodes back to back in the 7.30pm time slot on Thursday 

Viewers flocked to Twitter to complain about the ‘boring’ ordeal of sitting through two full-length episodes, with one asking: ‘Haven’t we suffered enough?’

Another tweeted: ‘I was so excited for this double episode, thinking there was going to be so much extra drama.’

‘I am wallowing in despair that it’s just two normal episodes stuck together.’ 

‘This episode is long’: Viewers flocked to Twitter to complain about the ‘boring’ ordeal of sitting through two full-length episodes, with one asking: ‘Haven’t we suffered enough?’ 

‘I have to say, no offence but this double episode is killing me,’ another agreed.

The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings last month, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for pilot Jimmy’s first episode.

This number collapsed to a new record low of 360,000 a week later, following the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Seven.  

End of the road: The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings last month, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for pilot Jimmy’s first episode. This number collapsed to a new record low of 360,000 a week later, following the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Seven

Channel 10 was forced earlier this week to deny claims The Bachelor was being axed.

A well-placed insider told Daily Mail Australia on Monday the program’s future hangs in the balance as viewers tune out in favour of other reality dating shows.

The series will ‘inevitably’ be cancelled, they said, if Brooke Blurton’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette doesn’t see a significant boost in ratings.

Is it the end? Channel 10 was forced this week to deny claims The Bachelor was being axed as the show continues to deliver record-low ratings. Pictured: The Bachelor host Osher Günsberg

‘It wouldn’t have mattered who they chose [as the Bachelor]; those numbers were always going to be low,’ the insider explained, noting the steady decline in ratings over the years.

They added that having a bisexual Bachelorette – Brooke – with male and female contestants was a ‘last-ditch attempt’ at revitalising the franchise, but if this doesn’t work, the series ‘is going to lose its entire audience’.

The source also claimed Channel 10 executives were scouting for an ‘international dating format’ to replace the series next year.

Despite this information coming for a reliable source, a 10 spokesperson denied The Bachelor was being axed when contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia.   

Saving grace? The series will ‘inevitably’ be cancelled if Brooke Blurton’s (pictured) upcoming season of The Bachelorette doesn’t see a significant boost in ratings, the source said

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