On last night’s episode of The Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis made history as the first Bachelor to divide audiences with his antics, halfway through the season — but did it affect the ratings? He is the only star we can remember who has hooked up with a girl in a blissful 4 a.m. ocean-wading session, then managed to make her cry, and later cry himself, and leave the episode with more questions than answers. It was, to say mildly, a lot.

So, how many people watched him and Clare Crawley add some motion to the ocean around Vietnam? Many, it turns out. The episode pulled in a 2.6 rating and 7 ratings share in the 18-49 demographic. Overall, 8.33 million viewers tuned in to The Bachelor Season 18 Episode 5, which saw Juan Pablo make a mess of our feelings about him.

This was the best ratings of the season since the January 6 premiere, which brought in 8.4 million viewers and grabbed a 2.7 rating in the target demographic. However, while the rating for the February 3 episode was a bump up from the 2.5 for the previous week, it missed Episode 4’s 8.61 million mark by a few hundred thousand. Still, at this time last year, Sean Lowe was only pulling in 7.9 million viewers to watch his — markedly more chaste — shenanigans.

On last night’s episode, Juan Pablo and Clare hooked up on a late night rendezvous before he took fellow front-runner Nikki Ferrell on a cute 1-on-1 date, and then eliminated three lovely ladies. With five more main episodes of the show, Juan Pablo currently has eight suitors left.

Were you one of the 8.33 million who tuned in to watch Juan Pablo’s escapades on February 3? What was your favorite part?

Source: TV by the Numbers


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