THE Bachelor producers are “scrambling” to save the show from cancellation, a source has exclusively told The U.S. Sun.
Zach Shallcross’ season is off to a bad start with the lowest premiere ratings of all time and a racism scandal with his frontrunner contestant Greer Blitzer.
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GettyZach Shallcross’ season premiere on Monday suffered the worst ratings of all time[/caption]
Speaking exclusively to The U.S. Sun after Monday’s premiere, a production source claimed bosses at The Bachelor are “scrambling” because network executives at ABC “are not happy on any level with the show”.
The premiere episode received a record low of 2.96million viewers, which is down from 3.54million for the previous season staring Clayton Echard.
“Execs were bracing for a low premiere number but this was even worse off than they were expecting,” said the insider.
“If numbers continue to decline, ABC will have no choice but to eventually pull the plug.”
The source added that the show could either be canceled completely, or moved to a streaming platform, as happened with Dancing with the Stars.
“The show is still profitable for the network since it costs nearly nothing to produce, but it’s become more trouble than what it’s worth and makes far less for ABC than it did years ago.
The source also described the program as a “sinking ship” after season 27 has already seen the franchise embroiled in yet another racism scandal.
Contestant Greer, 24, was caught defending a blackface photo in deleted social media posts.
“ABC is furious the show is being clouded by yet another racism scandal,” the insider told The U.S. Sun.
“It’s embarrassing the network. The show has been given many opportunities to get its act together and this season has been another indicator to the network that it’s a sinking ship that can’t be saved.”
Greer, who received Zach’s first impression rose on Monday, has since apologized for her past remarks.
The Bachelor was previously the source of a major controversy when photos emerged during season 25 of contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attending an antebellum party during her time at college.
Host Chris Harrison then quit after he was slammed for appearing to defend Rachael’s actions in an interview with Rachel Lindsay.
The show is now hosted by Jesse Palmer, who his reportedly popular among the crew.
However, ratings for The Bachelor’s season premieres have been on a downward trend since season 25’s Matt James tanked the show to 5.23million viewers compared to season 24’s Peter Weber, who attracted 6.07million.
At its peak in 2003, The Bachelor was drawing in as many 12.55million fans for the season premiere.
The U.S. Sun has contacted representatives at ABC but has not heard back.
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Rachael Kirkconnell was previously the subject of a racism controversy during season 25