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‘Bachelorette’ premiere ratings drop from last two seasons

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“The Bachelorette” Season 17 premiere on Monday saw a loss in viewership.Roughly 1.3 million people between the ages of 25-54 tuned in to watch Katie Thurston start her journey to find love. Overall, viewership equaled about 3.77M viewers. In comparison, roughly 1.8 million people in the same demo watched Matt James’ debut as the “Bachelor” lead on January 4th, with 5.2M total viewers. But neither came close to the two million people (same demo) who caught the premiere of Clare Crawley’s short-lived season as the bachelorette back in October 2020. Overall, though, about 5 million watched her first episode. ‘THE BACHELORETTE’ PREMIERE: WHAT WE KNOWMeanwhile, ABC’s strongest show on Monday night was “The Good Doctor” with 3.92 million people tuning in for the Season 4 finale.On Tuesday, Chris Harrison, ABC, and Warner Bros. TV confirmed his departure as the longtime host of the reality TV dating show after his racism controversy.
‘The Bachelorette’ stars new lead Katie Thurston.
(ABC/Andrew Eccles)”Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise. We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey,” Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a statement obtained by Fox News. CHRIS HARRISON LEAVING ‘BACHELOR’ FRANCHISE FOLLOWING RACISM CONTROVERSYHarrison posted a message to fans on his Instagram. “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime,” he wrote. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDuring the current season, former “Bachelorette” leads Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are co-hosting.No permanent replacement has been announced yet. 

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