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The New York Times on The Bachelor's ratings revival

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February 16th, 2009

from The New York Times:

A few television seasons ago Mike Fleiss, creator and producer of "The Bachelor," believed the show was "winding down." No more magazine covers on The Bachelor and his rose-draped choices, very little buzz except among the dwindling number of rabid fans.

The numbers are no longer dwindling; the magazines are hungry again for "Bachelor" news; and in its 17th iteration (counting "Bachelorette" editions) ABC's longest-running reality series is an indisputable hit again.

The show is up about 2.5 million viewers from last season, and with more than 11 million viewers a week, it is reaching its biggest audience in five years. - read the full story.

The article attributes the surge to bachelor, Jason Mesnick and the back story about how he'd been previously rejected as one of the final two contestants on an edition of The Bachlorette.

 
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