OK, we get it: the Olympics have drama, passion, heartache, tears, and stories of triumph. But, uh, guys? So does The Bachelor. Hello? Anyone? Guess not, since Juan Pablo Galavis’s February 17 episode brought in a series low rating in the key demographic.

Juan Pablo’s Season 18 took place in Miami for Episode 7, with some of the best interactions of the season going down in El Bachelor’s homebase, a week before Hometown Dates. The show, which saw Sharleen Joynt eliminate herself, Clare Crawley and Nikki Ferrell face off, and Andi Dorfman get a group date full of awkward dancing, had the fewest viewers of the season.

Last night pulled in a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 audience and 7.61 viewers in initial ratings reports from TV by the Numbers. So, where were all the people when Juan Pabs was sobbing over having to eliminate Chelsie Webster in an emotional Rose Ceremony? Likely watching the Olympics, which saw a 5.6 rating with 23.46 million viewers.

Until last night, the ratings low for Juan Pablo’s season was last week, in Episode 6, with a 2.3 rating and 7.78 million people watching the New Zealand-set lovefest. While those numbers are pretty rough for such a fascinating season, next week’s back to back February 24 and 25 Hometown Dates and Fantasy Suites episodes should help boost ratings. The previous series low was Ben Flajnik’s second episode of Season 16, making February 17’s the all-time worst rating for any Bachelor at this point of the season.

Are you surprised that The Bachelor reached a series low at this point in the season? Did you tune in to watch all the drama on the February 17 episode?

Source: TV by the Numbers


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