[QUOTE=chrisg;2992573;]ABC's ratings for The Bachelor aren't great in comparison to some other reality shows like DWTS or American Idol, but like you said, it's cheap to produce, and the audience it does have is a very loyal attentive audience. So as long as they can cast it and come up with ideas, I think it'll stick around.Originally Posted by scoobie;2992515;
But ratings aren't the only way a network judges shows. If it were, the top shows would always stay, and the lower rated shows would always go. There are other factors as well, including "water cooler chat". At one time, The Bachelor was one of those shows that even if you didn't watch, you had some general idea of when it was airing, and what was happening. For example, my mom has never watched it, but she knows there's a cute couple somewhere out west who met on the show, got married and had a baby. It THAT respect, I think that interest in the show is declining. Even on other ABC produced shows like The View, there hasn't been a lot of chatter about The Bachelor this time around. Part of that is probably that this cast was rather bland. Matt wasn't a total player, but wasn't the ultimate prince charming either. The witchy women weren't THAT bad by Bachelor standards, and the trampy women were weeded out early. HEck, one of hte top three women had a family so bland and boring that they brought in a fake family for a practical joke!
I think that after they filmed it, they realized they didn't have a great deal of drama -- that's why many of the episodes that are usually extended (hometown dates, meeting his family) were only an hour this time. It wasn't the ratings - it was a lack of content.
So, since this time around didn't generate a great deal of pop culture chatter, there was not as much desire to interview Matt and Shayne on the talk shows that cover tha sort of thing.