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The Bachelor heads into a ratings disaster; penultimate episode bombs

The Bachelor is heading into a ratings DISASTER for the season finale as the penultimate episode bombs


The Bachelor is limping towards its season finale, with ratings for the penultimate episode all but confirming the show won’t be renewed in 2022.

Wednesday’s episode had a dismal five-city metro audience of 447,000, and it’s very unlikely this figure will grow to the high 800,000s for Thursday’s conclusion.

To put these figures into context, last year’s finale was considered a disappointment with 681,000 metro viewers overall and 879,000 for the final decision.

Bad news: The Bachelor is limping towards its season finale, with ratings for the penultimate episode all but confirming the show won’t be renewed in 2022. Pictured: Jimmy Nicholson

The episode on Wednesday saw pilot Jimmy Nicholson eliminate Jesinta ‘Jay’ Lal, with Holly Kingston and Brooke Cleal heading into the finale.

Meanwhile, Nine won the 7:30pm time slot with The Block (941,000 metro viewers), which is continuing to profit off its cheating scandal. 

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed last month that this year’s season of The Bachelor will almost certainly be the last.

Sources say Channel 10 has decided to cut the dating show from its 2022 schedule due to high production costs and underwhelming ratings.

Final two: The episode on Wednesday saw pilot Jimmy Nicholson eliminate Jesinta 'Jay' Lal (right), with Holly Kingston (centre) and Brooke Cleal (left) heading into the finale

Final two: The episode on Wednesday saw pilot Jimmy Nicholson eliminate Jesinta ‘Jay’ Lal (right), with Holly Kingston (centre) and Brooke Cleal (left) heading into the finale

It will most likely be replaced by another international dating franchise.

The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings in July, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for 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.

Flop: The episode had a dismal five-city metro audience of 447,000, and it's very unlikely this figure will grow to the high 800,000s for Thursday's conclusion. Pictured: Holly Kingston

Flop: The episode had a dismal five-city metro audience of 447,000, and it’s very unlikely this figure will grow to the high 800,000s for Thursday’s conclusion. Pictured: Holly Kingston

Despite the disappointing numbers for The Bachelor, the 2020 season of The Bachelorette will still go ahead. 

The show, starring bisexual Brooke Blurton, is believed to have wrapped filming.

This year’s series will feature male and female contestants for the first time in the franchise’s history. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

Scheduled: Despite the disappointing numbers for The Bachelor, the 2020 season of The Bachelorette, starring bisexual Brooke Blurton (pictured), will still go ahead

Scheduled: Despite the disappointing numbers for The Bachelor, the 2020 season of The Bachelorette, starring bisexual Brooke Blurton (pictured), will still go ahead

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