Monday, March 11, 2013

Stats: The Bachelor

The Bachelor Audience on Upswing Going Into Tonight's Finale
New York Times
Sean Lowe

No matter which contestant Sean Lowe, the chiseled, strawberry blond, chooses as his fantasy fiancĂ©e on the three-hour season finale of ABC’s The Bachelor on Monday (8pm) — will it be Catherine Giudici, 26, a quirky graphic designer from Seattle, or Lindsay Yenter, 25, a petite substitute teacher from Fort Bragg, N.C.? — the network has rekindled the romance between the reality series and its viewers.

In 2010, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney were the first Bachelor couple to wed after Mr. Mesnick proposed to one contestant, then dumped her for Ms. Malaney, a runner-up. 
After several seasons in decline, The Bachelor has had a resurgence rare among network reality shows. The glossy dating show, which pairs one hunky (often shirtless) man with dozens of spray-tanned (often bikini-clad) women until he proposes to the ultimate survivor, has also become the unlikely exception in a television season when almost every other show on ABC and its competing networks has declined.

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