‘The Golden Bachelor’ premiere attracts franchise’s highest 7-day viewing in more than 2 years

‘The Golden Bachelor’ premiere attracts the franchise's highest 7-day viewing in more than 2 years
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Attention Bachelors! The newest addition to the American dating reality series scenario,The Golden Bachelor” on ABC with its first season, is all set to rule the television for the long run!

It looks like ABC’s official decision to commission the first season of The Golden Bachelor has finally paid off as the reality series, which is one of a kind from the get-go as it is an edition of The Bachelor starring senior citizens, has fiercely taken the franchise by storm and brought more attention to it by captivating audiences like never before and setting a new benchmark for television viewership. As word spread like wildfire about this long-awaited installment, which stars 72-year-old Gerry Turner, a retired restauranter and widower from Hudson, Indiana,

Viewers who have loved the other installments from all walks of life flocked to their television screens when the first episode officially premiered last month on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 8/7c on ABC. It resulted in a staggering 7-day viewing figure that surpassed anything that has been witnessed before on the broadcast network! For context, it is quite amazing to know that the first episode of The Golden Bachelor drew more than 11 million people across linear and streaming platforms in its first week. This accounts for both its initial broadcast on September 28, 2023, and its repeat on October 3, 2023. 

Moreover, the September 28, 2023 broadcast alone soared to 9M viewers after seven days of delayed viewing, according to the ABC network. That’s a spectacular addition of 4.64M people who tuned in through delayed cross-platform viewing, making it the strongest multiplatform telecast for any series within The Bachelor franchise in more than two years — since February 2021, when Matt James led the titular series. In the 18-49 entertainment demo, the episode has grown to a 2.46 rating, which is quadruple its initial live+same-day rating. 

Just like its parent series, from the moment the first episode aired, it became clear that this installment would be a game-changer in the world of television, and we are certain that this is just the beginning, as this show is already making this the best seven-day multiplatform rating for the franchise in two years since a September 2021 episode of Bachelor in Paradise!

That’s not it! The growth of The Golden Bachelor is already expanding as it recently received the first impression from viewers after three days of viewing. It also rose in rank as the highest-rated premiere on Hulu for any series in The Bachelor franchise and the network’s No. 1 series premiere ever on the streaming platform in Live+3 with 1.76 million views. For ABC, the premiere is now the highest-rated debut for an unscripted series on any network since January 2022 among Adults 18-49 (0.81 rating), since the January 2022 debut of Fox’s Next Level Chef, which had an NFL lead-in.

For the readers who aren’t aware of this series, please take a look at the official synopsis, which is as follows: 

After more than 20 years of fostering love on “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Golden Bachelor” showcases a whole new kind of love story – one for the golden years. On this all-new unscripted series hosted by Jesse Palmer, one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibilities. In the end, will our Golden man turn the page to start a new chapter with the woman of his dreams?

“The Golden Bachelor” is hosted by Jesse Palmer, and the series comes from Warner Bros Unscripted Television and is executive produced by Andrew Frank, Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland, and Jason Ehrlich. It is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and is associated with Warner Horizon. The Golden Bachelor stars Gerry Turner, a retired restaurateur from Indiana who is looking for love in his golden years. On the other hand, the notable 22 contestants in the series are as follows: 

  1. Anna, 61 – Retired nutritionist – The contestant was eliminated
  2. April, 65 – Therapist
  3. Christina, 73 – Retired purchasing manager
  4. Edith, 60 – Retired Realtor
  5. Ellen, 71 – Retired teacher
  6. Faith, 60 – High school teacher – The contestant received the first impression rose
  7. Jeanie, 65 – Retired project manager – The contestant was eliminated
  8. Joan, 60 – Private school administrator
  9. Kathy, 70 – Retired educational consultant
  10. Leslie, 64 – Fitness instructor
  11. Maria, 60 – Health and wellness director – The contestant was eliminated
  12. Marina, 60 – Educator – The contestant quit the competition
  13. Nancy, 60 – Retired interior designer – The contestant received a rose during a date
  14. Natascha, 60 – Pro-aging coach and midlife speaker – The contestant was eliminated
  15. Pamela, 75 – Retired salon owner – The contestant was eliminated
  16. Patty, 70 – Retired real estate professional –  The contestant was eliminated
  17. Peggy, 69 – Dental hygienist – The contestant was eliminated
  18. Renee, 67 – Former Chicago Honey Bears cheerleader – The contestant was eliminated
  19. Sandra, 75 – Retired executive assistant
  20. Susan, 66 – Wedding officiant
  21. Sylvia, 64 – Public affairs consultant – The contestant was eliminated
  22. Theresa, 69 – Financial services professional – The contestant received a rose during a date

In addition to this, the viewers can catch up and watch all the episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres, which happen every Thursday at 8/7c on ABC. Lastly, “Episode 3″ is scheduled to premiere on October 12, 2023, followed by “Episode 4,” which will air on October 19, 2023. This will continue until the final episode, which is speculated to be “Episode 8,” as it is expected to air next month on November 16, 2023. As a result, the finale will ultimately declare the winner and end the first season of the series. However, it’s unclear whether or not there will be an After the Final Rose episode.

Until there is any official confirmation, we’ll just have to wait and see what the coming weeks have in store for the fans!