Channel 10 reveals The Bachelor’s fate for 2022 after low ratings

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After weeks of speculation over whether or not The Bachelor will be renewed for another year, Channel 10 has officially announced that the reality show is returning to screens in 2022.

The news was revealed during 10’s Upfronts on Wednesday, with host Osher Günsberg confirming that fans can expect more romance, drama and roses with new seasons of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Bachelor host Osher Günsberg.
Osher has confirmed that The Bachelor will return in 2022. Photo: Channel Ten

“Get set for more love stories, more luxurious dates, and more whispering when we return with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Australia in 2022,” he said.

“We redefined dating shows with The Bachelorette Australia this year, and it’s set to be even better next season as we head to a major moment for this landmark franchise.

“10 seasons of any show is a major milestone, and as we hit that landmark with The Bachelor Australia, I’m just so excited to be a part of telling Australia’s favourite love story in a new and exciting way.”

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Fans of the franchise would be relieved to hear about the show’s return following a number of rumours claiming that it was going to be axed and replaced by a new reality dating series.

After betting agency Sportsbet began allowing for people to bet on the odds of The Bachelor surviving another year, Osher took to Twitter in August to shut down the gossip.

“I’ve seen next year’s schedule and I’m thinking of taking the long odds. Under someone else’s name that is…” he wrote.

Bachelor Jimmy and The Honey Badger.
Bachelor Jimmy’s premiere received the show’s lowest ratings, while the Honey Badger's has the highest. Photos: Channel Ten

The decision to renew The Bachelor comes after season nine of the dating show received record-low ratings this year.

Jimmy Nicholson’s premiere episode received only 482,000 viewers, a large drop from Bachelor Locky Gilbert’s premiere seen by 681,000 people last year.

Comparing the pair’s finale episodes, 629,000 people tuned in to see Jimmy and Holly Kingston’s fairytale ending, whereas 879,000 viewers watched Locky profess his love for Irena Srbinovska.

Bachelor Nick Cummins, aka the Honey Badger, received the show’s biggest premiere with 940,000 viewers, while season three’s Sam Wood has the highest rating finale episode, with 1.48 million people tuning in.

Meanwhile, it seems as though the entire world is waiting to see how the 2021 season of The Bachelorette will go.

Season seven is set to smash boundaries and make reality TV history with Brooke Blurton simultaneously becoming the series’ first Indigenous and bisexual lead.

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