Public Perception, Bachelor, and the Power of a Good Love Story

ABC’s “The Bachelor”, a reality TV show designed to help one lucky guy choose a wife had a perception problem from its conception.

The nature of reality television was one factor on the long list of reasons why “The Bachelor” was predicted to fail. “The Real World” was one of the only successful reality TV shows at the time. It didn’t grace a major network but rather MTV.

Another factor standing in the way was the creator Mike Fleiss. Fleiss along with Mike Darnell produced a special on Fox that was a rating magnet… for all the wrong reasons.

Not to mention the news caught wind of a scandal that would blacklist Fleiss from pitching shows on Fox. The odds were stacked against him.

Yet, “The Bachelor” prevailed ending the season with 18 million viewers and a renewed contract. Since 2002 Fleiss has produced soon to be 21 seasons and three spin-off shows on ABC.

“Back then we didn’t think we’d be doing 20 seasons of it. I didn’t think it was going to be big.” Fleiss explained to New York Magazine.

Still, the question of authenticity was on the forefront of skeptics’ minds.

How many engagements last?

Only two-thirds end up engaged and only five have led to marriage according to Alice Zhao, a data scientist at the Huffington Post.

This hasn’t stopped “The Bachelor” franchise from trying to help beautiful twenty-something singles find love though.

This past season of popular spin-off “Bachelor in Paradise” ended with three proposals.

  • Grant Kemp & Lace Morris
  • Evan Bass & Carly Waddell
  • Josh Murray & Amanda Stanton

Former contestant and “Bachelor in Paradise” cast member Nick Viall has been selected as season 21’s Bachelor. Viall started his love quest as runner-up on Andi Dorfman’s season of the Bachelorette. Hoping to find love he joined Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season, and was once again the runner-up. The third time was not the charm when he appeared on season two of “Bachelor in Paradise” He couldn’t commit to Jen Savino, his love interest on the show. His season of “The Bachelor” will air in 2017.

“The Bachelor” has transformed itself into a household name by telling a simple story of two people wanting to find love and happiness, something we all yearn for.

Read the stories that inspired the post

The Data behind The Bachelor & The Bachelorette

A History of The Bachelor by the People who Lived It

How Many ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Couples Actually Make It?


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