Following tonight’s finale, could The Proposal season 2 actually happen at ABC? Is there any reason to really think that the world needs more of this?
Let’s just kick things off with this: The network obviously knew that this would be a controversial show from the start. The idea of someone proposing to a person after a single episode of TV is pretty crazy. Yet, at the same time this is the sort of thing that can always be broken once the cameras stop rolling. It’s basically the symbolism of the engagement that makes it different than the standard one-episode dating show, but we understand the harsh opponents of it that feel like this show is reducing the value and importance of an engagement in real life.
Maybe there are some people out there who enjoy the show’s train-wreck quality. After all, there are still some viewers who are checking the show out. To date, The Proposal is averaging a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic following first The Bachelorette and now Bachelor in Paradise. For a summer reality show at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, that’s not terrible. We were reasonably confident going into The Proposal that we were going to see the series drop dramatically once the first episode or two had aired and everyone sort of got their fill of precisely what the show was. That happened to a certain extent, but not as dramatically as we thought.
Ultimately, we just think that the question ABC should ask themselves moving into next year is whether or not they really want to deal with the controversial premise of the show again for some of the ratings that it averages. Is it really performing well enough to be worth some of the backlash for people who don’t love the format or just feels like it cheapens the institution? That’s something that executives have a few months to figure out, but this could easily go either way.
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