Bachelorette recently renewed for its season 17. Unfortunately, it ultimately failed to invite more viewers to watch the series.
On Monday, the Bachelorette launched the premiere episode of the 17th and newest season of the romantic series. However, the first run immediately suffered from a massive rating loss.
In the estimates posted by Fox News, it revealed that only 1.3 million viewers, ages 25 to 54, watched Katie Thurston. As she began to seek the love she wants, the total viewership of the show plummeted to 3.77 million.
In comparison, Matt James’ debut on January 4 earned 5.2 total viewers.
In terms of viewership in the demo, Clare Crawley gained the highest first episode viewership at 5 million.
Still, ABC tried to regain its glory through its The Good Doctor. The show scored 3.92 million viewers during the Season 4 finale.
More headaches for the Bachelorette franchise
The continuous fluctuation came after the franchise’s original host, Chris Harrison, stirred criticisms following his racism issues.
Following the release of the newest season, ABC and Warner Bros. TV released a joint statement confirming his exit.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey,” the company said.
Meanwhile, Harrison himself chose to see the brighter side of his departure. He has been serving the show for 17 years, and losing it now will surely affect his status and career.
On Instagram, the now-former host shared a message to his fans, thanking them for being with him throughout the stint.
“I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime,” he wrote.
ABC nor Warner Bros. TV announced the replacement yet. For now, former Bachelorette leads Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe to spearhead the show.
Why Chris Harrison left the franchise?
Earlier this year, Harrison took a temporary leave of absence from the series following his Extra interview. During that time, he discussed the allegations against Rachel Kirkconnell with Rachel Lindsay.
Instead of denouncing racism and calling out Kirkconnell for her damaging statement, Harrison blamed the “woke police.”
“Who the hell are you? Who are you that you demand this?” he asked Lindsay. “I respect her enough to allow her the courtesy of time,” he said, even though six weeks had elapsed since the first accusations — and years had passed since the alleged behavior took place.”
However, people slammed Harrison for his unacceptable behavior toward Lindsay. Unfortunately, it led him to lose the project he had been keeping for a long time.
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