Even though some folks really do enjoy watching “The Bachelor” as well as “The Bachelorette,” this may be the last time that we actually we a wedding special for either show make it on the air. Why? Based on some of the ratings that are coming in now, it’s going to be hard for ABC to justify watching people go down the aisle.
Overall, the wedding special between Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum ended up drawing an anemic 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, a total so bad that it makes this past season of “Bachelor Pad” look like a hit. Was it just the wedding alone that was a problem? Sure, but you also have to attribute some of the problem here with the show to the simple fact that neither Ashley nor J.P. are publicity hounds: they didn’t do a ton of interviews to promote the special, and both live relatively quiet lives away from the spotlight with normal jobs. That is great for them as people, but it’s not so much great for TV.
Elsewhere, the “Survivor: Philippines” finale did fairly well in posting a 3.2 rating, which was up a reasonable amount from the series low set last season with “One World.” The good news here is that the show managed to perform well even though it aired a full hour later than it would have in the spring thanks to an NFL overrun and a last-minute speech from President Barack Obama about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Did you watch the Ashley-and-J.P. wedding special, and if so, do you think that it was worth your time as a viewer? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can read some more news pertaining to “The Bachelorette” by heading on over to the link here.