Bachelor Winter Games ratings low; Black Lightning slips without lead-in

Bachelor Winter Games promoFor those wondering about whether the Bachelor Winter Games ratings would equal a gold medal for ABC, the answer is…. not so far. CarterMatt is not sure that it even made it on the podium.

Tuesday night’s two-hour premiere for the latest off-shoot of the ABC franchise drew just a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which signals a few different things to us starting with the fact that airing against the Olympics isn’t really a great thing for this franchise. Beyond that, we do think that the franchise is really crossing into over-exposure at this point. We’ve got contestants on this show who are appearing in the fourth iteration of the franchise in America, and when you consider how prominent some of them are on social media, it almost feels like some of them haven’t gone away at all and there’s only so much story you can take from some of these people.

Basically, we just think that America is getting a little too much of Bachelor Nation at one time and making a commitment to so much show-related programming in one week is a little bit too much. We do think that The Bachelor can be great entertainment, but there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing.

The one thing that is worth pointing out is that even if Bachelor Winter Games drew better ratings, the odds still weren’t altogether high that it would be coming back for another season. There’s not really time to do this show during an average winter season — the Olympics are the only reason this is happening.

As for Black Lightning… – This was basically the only other new programming on network TV night, and we feel like the results here are mixed. While the Cress Williams superhero series drew a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, we don’t necessarily think that this is all that bad. It’ll probably recover when it returns at the end of the month, when it will be paired once more with The Flash and its sizable audience.

What do you think about the first Bachelor Winter Games ratings? Do you think this already done when it comes to the show’s season 2 chances? Share in the comments now! Also, you can like CarterMatt on Facebook to get some other news and updates on all things TV. (Photo: ABC.)

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