The most recent “Bachelor” has extended his stay with ABC slightly longer — though thankfully, that does not mean a stint on “Bachelor Pad.” Instead, Lowe will join the latest season of the network’s “Dancing With the Stars” competition series, premiering Monday.
Not coincidentally, the “Dancing” casting announcement was made right after Monday’s “The Bachelor” season finale, in which about 10.4 million people watched Lowe propose to 26-year-old Seattle graphic designer Catherine Giudici. The episode actually ran 7 minutes long and by the time Lowe was proposing that he and Giudici get married — on an ABC wedding special — about 14 million were tuned in.
(Yes, on ABC’s “After the Final Rose” post-finale show, the crazy-in-love couple declared their intention of being married during a televised special on ABC later this year, explaining it was only fitting, since they met on TV. Is there any doubt these lovebirds were made for each other?)
Getting back to the 10.4 million people who watched Monday’s “The Bachelor” finale — that’s a slightly larger audience than watched last season’s “The Bachelor” wrap.
And in these ratings days, with “down” the new “flat,” and “flat” the new “up,” any finale that finishes up, however slight, is big news.
Fine print: last year’s “The Bachelor” finale aired against an episode of NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice.” On Monday, instead of “The Voice” NBC aired “The Biggest Loser” and “Deception” against “The Bachelor” finale. Not the same.
ABC noted Tuesday that its find-a-bride-in-a-hot-tub reality series finale was the night’s “most social” show on TV — 616,000 tweets about the telecast.
Lowe, who was seen last year as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” being dumped by Emily Maynard, will be paired up — to dance only, of course — with Peta Murgatroyd. Peta won last spring’s edition of “Dancing” with NFL star Donald Driver.
And if Lowe has it his way, he’ll be on ABC even longer than that.