With renewals and cancellations flying out left and right, it's been a chaotic couple days in television. ABC, in particular, went on a rampage these past 24 hours renewing and removing a handful of shows most expectedly, but not everything's fate was sealed. Knowing that things have been really kicking on ABC's scripted side, what's going on with reality TV? So far, the situation looks pretty great for fans, as Shark Tank, The Bachelor, and Dancing With The Stars have all been renewed for additional respective seasons.
Shark Tank will be chugging right along to Season 9. No word yet on the episode count, which recently dipped to 24 episodes for Season 8, after three prior seasons of 29 episodes. Season 8, which airs its finale tonight, has seen a slight dip in the usual viewership this season, but is still reporting respectable numbers for the year. Variety states the viewership for Season 8 came in around 5.2 million on average, earning a 1.2 rating for Live+Same Day viewers.
While respectable, Shark Tank has been trending downward in viewership and ratings since Season 6. Just looking at the stats between then and now, Season 6's two lowest-rated episodes came in at a 1.5 rating with 7.04 million viewers. Season 8's highest performing episode for this season (barring the finale) got a 1.4 rating with 5.92 million people watching. Those numbers don't tell the whole story, but the ratings for Season 6 were overall much closer to an average near a 1.5-2.0 range, which is quite a few ticks higher than the current average. As stated, ABC still is satisfied, but fans should hope ratings don't dip lower in Season 9.
For The Bachelor, this will be Season 22. Nick Viall's quest for love netted ABC an average rating of 2.3 in the key demo, with 7.3 million watching on the day, which is really solid. With Rachel Lindsay being voted off and lined up to be the first African-American featured as The Bachelorette, as well as the return of Bachelor In Paradise, the entire franchise's success should ensure the series will continue to be a cornerstone for ABC going into 2018. While its average viewership may lack the audience numbers of Dancing With The Stars, its firm 2.0 grasp on the key demographic definitely gives ABC incentive to keep the ball rolling.
Speaking of, Dancing With The Stars will officially return for Season 25. This renewal comes a little under two weeks before the May 23rd finale, but with the passion and drama we've seen this season, I'm not sure many expected this show to go away. Dancing With The Stars has averaged a rating of 1.7 which is lower than The Bachelor, but it has the advantage of bringing in an average audience of 10.7 million. When it comes to reality television, it seems ABC really knows how to get people to tune in!
In case you got too wrapped up in the numbers, I'll remind you that Shark Tank airs its finale tonight at 9 p.m. ET, on ABC. If you were completely clueless to its impending exit prior to reading, don't be caught off guard again by bookmarking our handy finale guide. Once your favorite shows end, make sure you have more lined up by making some selections via our summer premiere schedule.