Aussies call for The Bachelor to be cancelled due to dismal ratings

Australians have declared The Bachelor is ‘over’ after the Channel 10 dating show spectacularly flopped in the ratings.

The new season has recorded the lowest viewing figures in the franchise’s eight-year history, and fans are now saying it’s time for the Bachelor to hang up his tuxedo.

One viewer said of the cancellation rumours: ‘Cancel it and put something halfway decent on. Anything would be better than all these so-called reality shows.’

Time to go: Australians have declared The Bachelor is 'over' after the Channel 10 dating show spectacularly flopped in the ratings. Pictured: new suitor Jimmy Nicholson

Time to go: Australians have declared The Bachelor is ‘over’ after the Channel 10 dating show spectacularly flopped in the ratings. Pictured: new suitor Jimmy Nicholson

Another commented: ‘All these type of shows are a joke and should be cancelled.’

Several fans on Facebook said they’d grown tired of the nastiness among the contestants and would rather watch reruns of NCIS instead.

‘I don’t watch it anymore because of the bitchiness of some of the women and the way they carry on. No natural women,’ one wrote.

Over it: The new season has recorded the lowest ratings in the franchise's history, and fans are saying it's time for the Bachelor to hang up his tuxedo. Pictured: contestant Sierah Swepstone

Over it: The new season has recorded the lowest ratings in the franchise’s history, and fans are saying it’s time for the Bachelor to hang up his tuxedo. Pictured: contestant Sierah Swepstone

Another added: ‘If the producers actually focused on putting women on the show who have a genuine interest in [the Bachelor] instead of socialites, then the ratings wouldn’t be so poor.’ 

Several fans said they were tired of the ‘scripted’ and ‘set up’ elements.

One wrote: ‘I think so many are over this “reality” rubbish.’   

Fed up: Several fans on Facebook said they'd grown tired of the nastiness among the contestants and would rather watch reruns of NCIS instead

Fed up: Several fans on Facebook said they’d grown tired of the nastiness among the contestants and would rather watch reruns of NCIS instead

Criticism: One said, 'If the producers actually focused on putting women on the show who have a genuine interest in [the Bachelor] instead of socialites, the ratings wouldn't be so poor'

Criticism: One said, ‘If the producers actually focused on putting women on the show who have a genuine interest in [the Bachelor] instead of socialites, the ratings wouldn’t be so poor’

'Put it out to pasture': Several fans said they were tired of the 'scripted' and 'set up' elements

‘Put it out to pasture’: Several fans said they were tired of the ‘scripted’ and ‘set up’ elements

Online bookmakers Sportsbet this week opened a market on the future of The Bachelor, after the latest season starring Jimmy Nicholson flopped in the ratings. 

The gambling company is taking bets on how Channel 10 will respond to the dismal audience figures, with one possibility being it’s cancelled before the finale and another predicting it will be shunted to streaming platform 10Play.

While the odds for all outcomes are long, the fact Sportsbet is accepting bets at all is a telling sign the show could be in trouble, given the history of bookies having insider knowledge when it comes to reality TV shows.

Time to say goodbye? Online bookmakers Sportsbet has opened a market on the future of The Bachelor, after the latest season starring Jimmy Nicholson (pictured) flopped in the ratings

Time to say goodbye? Online bookmakers Sportsbet has opened a market on the future of The Bachelor, after the latest season starring Jimmy Nicholson (pictured) flopped in the ratings

The market has four options, the first of which is: ‘Show to be moved to 10Play (instead of Channel 10) before final episode airs.’

This is the most likely option as of Friday with odds of $24. 

The second, with odds of $31, is: ‘Show to be cancelled before final episode airs.’

Bad sign: The gambling company is taking bets on how Channel 10 will respond to the dismal audience figures, with one possibility being it's cancelled before the finale and another predicting it will be shunted to streaming platform 10play. Pictured: host Osher Günsberg

Bad sign: The gambling company is taking bets on how Channel 10 will respond to the dismal audience figures, with one possibility being it’s cancelled before the finale and another predicting it will be shunted to streaming platform 10play. Pictured: host Osher Günsberg

Numbers game: Sportsbet's odds on the future of the Bachelor, as of Friday morning

Numbers game: Sportsbet’s odds on the future of the Bachelor, as of Friday morning

The third possibility ($51) sees The Bachelor finish its ninth season as planned but ‘to be announced as not being renewed in 2022’.

The fourth option – ‘The Bachelorette Australia (2021) to be cancelled before it airs’ – has the longest odds at $91.

This is a very unlikely option because Channel 10 is already halfway through filming The Bachelorette’s seventh season, starring Brooke Blurton.

Portent: While the odds for all outcomes are long, the fact Sportsbet is accepting bets at all is a telling sign the show could be in trouble, given the history of bookies having insider knowledge when it comes to reality TV shows. Pictured: Bachelor contestant Holly Kingston

Portent: While the odds for all outcomes are long, the fact Sportsbet is accepting bets at all is a telling sign the show could be in trouble, given the history of bookies having insider knowledge when it comes to reality TV shows. Pictured: Bachelor contestant Holly Kingston

To abandon the project now would be an extraordinary waste of resources for the network given the amount of money already spent on it.

The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings last month, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for pilot Jimmy’s first episode.

This number collapsed to a new record low of 360,000 a week later, following the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Seven.

End of the road: The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings last month, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for pilot Jimmy's first episode. This number collapsed to a new record low of 360,000 a week later, following the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Seven

End of the road: The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings last month, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning in for pilot Jimmy’s first episode. This number collapsed to a new record low of 360,000 a week later, following the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Seven

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