Andi Dorfman’s Bachelorette 2014 Premiere Ties All-Time Low! What Happened?
If you had asked us back when Andi Dorfman was announced as the Season 10 Bachelorette, we would have guessed that the 27-year-old would have the best ratings of all time for her May 19 Premiere. Not so, according to TVbytheNumbers’ initial analysis of the Monday night ratings, as Andi’s first go hit the lowest number we could’ve imagined for her.
The beautiful, whip-smart lady met her 25 guys on the premiere, which aired after the first night of Dancing With the Stars’ finale, meaning it didn’t kick off in its usual primetime slot. The 90-minute show began at 9:30 p.m., rather than the usual 8 p.m. start, and the first half hour competed with The Voice’s performance finale. The late start time definitely didn’t do the gang prosecutor any favors.
While Andi put on an amazing show on Monday, proving why we’re so excited to watch her fall in love this season, there weren’t a lot of people around to witness it. According to the initial report, her show got a 1.9 rating with a 5 ratings share in the key 18-49 demographic. That score ties her with Season 9 beauty Desiree Hartsock’s Memorial Day 2013 series low. However, since Des only pulled 5.8 million viewers, Andi got a few more butts in seats.
In fact, a later report bumped Andi up ahead of her predecessor, with final ratings at 2.0/6, and 7.17 million the new total viewers. That’s a nice little move, but still doesn’t come close to past seasons. Season 8 beauty Emily Maynard pulled 8.05 million viewers into her magic blonde season, and Season 9’s Ashley Hebert beat her in Season 7, with 9.02 million viewers. Topping everyone was Ali Fedotowsky, who grabbed 9.08 million viewers back in 2010. That’s some tough competition!
Adding a little salt to the wound, though, is that Andi’s ex, Juan Pablo Galavis, was cabeza y hombros (head and shoulders) ahead of the salty gal. His premiere had the biggest audience in three years of The Bachelor, with 8.4 million viewers and a 2.7 rating, even while the BCS Championship was airing opposite his show.
We’re hoping that Thursday’s second airing (at 8 p.m. ET/PT) of the premiere will grab another wave of rose fans, and that by the end of the season, Andi will smoke em all with her huge fandom!