Gerry Turner’s quest for love on “The Golden Bachelor” reached its climactic conclusion on Thursday night, captivating a record-breaking audience. In a heartwarming season finale, Turner’s proposal to his chosen partner not only marked a personal milestone but also set new viewership records for the franchise.
Over 6.1 million viewers tuned in live to witness the season’s culmination, making it the most-watched episode in the “Bachelor” franchise since Matt James’ controversial season finale in March 2021. This significant viewership spike highlights the show’s growing popularity and successful reinvention.
The finale’s appeal was not limited to sheer numbers; it also achieved a 0.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. This is the highest rating for the franchise since the finale of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s season of “The Bachelorette” in 2022, underscoring the show’s broad and enduring appeal.
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A Steady Climb in Popularity
The inaugural season of “The Golden Bachelor” has consistently drawn in viewers since its premiere on September 28. Despite a slight dip in viewership in the initial episodes, the show witnessed a steady increase over the season: episodes 4 through 8 saw viewership grow from 4.1 million to an impressive 5.3 million. This gradual rise indicates a deepening investment in the show’s narrative and characters.
The success of “The Golden Bachelor” has revitalized the entire “Bachelor” franchise. This resurgence is evident in the increased viewership of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which maintained its season-high audience following “The Golden Bachelor” finale. ABC’s decision to broadcast Turner’s wedding on January 4th is a testament to the show’s impact and the network’s confidence in its continued success.
The show’s popularity extends beyond live viewing. Delayed viewing figures, particularly in the 35-day window on ABC and Hulu, have set new records, suggesting a significant shift in how audiences engage with the franchise. As the final numbers roll in, “The Golden Bachelor” stands as a shining example of the franchise’s potential for evolution and growth.
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