The Bachelor – Episode 1 2018
Going on “The Bachelor” doesn’t necessarily lead to love. The show has less than a 10% hit rate! The audience can count on entertainment, scandal, and romantic dates in some of the most breathtaking spots in the world.
ABC’s “The Bachelor” has been running since 2002 and now on its 22nd season that kicked off last night. Race car driver Arie Luyendyk headlines this season with 29 contestants. While the show is always entertaining, it doesn’t necessarily provide the greatest hope of true love.
Only 2 of 21 prior show Bachelors found love. One of the two actually chose another contestant but changed his mind during the finale for the runner-up – Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney are still together. Sean Lowe and Catherine are also still together. Ladies seem to have “better” luck on “The Bachelorette” with a 46% success rate where 6 Bachelorettes in 13 seasons have found lasting love.
Bachelors still in love…
Feb 2010 (as the highest): Jake Pavelka chose Vienna Girardi (no longer together)
Feb 2015: Chris Soules proposed to Whitney Bischoff (no longer together)
Our contestants span in age from “unknown”/22 to 32. Bekah is still not providing her age but indicating she is a younger Nanny. Most of the contestants are below 30 while Arie is 36. California has the most contestants (4), while Florida, Indiana, and Utah have 2 each.
Bachelor Contestant Hometowns
How will the Bachelor ever choose which Blonde Ombre Woman to make his wIFE????? pic.twitter.com/JgmIFMbmIS
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) January 1, 2018
Looking back through Google Trends since 2004 it indicates that Feb 2010 (Jake) had the most search interest followed by 2015 (Chris Soules) and 2017 (Nick Viall).
As we zoom into last night’s premiere we can see the real time fan interest via Google Trends and Trendsmap. Interest peaked in the closing moments during the rose ceremony as drama tends to intensify!
Fans from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, and Nebraska had the highest overall search volume. It looks like the contestant and audience hatred will be pointed towards Chelsea Roy from Maine. Utah has two women (Maquel and Marikh) in the show.
What peaked audience interest last night in Google? Bekah searches were all over the place, including spelling of her name. The only other contestant name that came into play was the TV host from California/Canada (Jessica).
-trying to find the age of Bekah
-learning more about Arie and his age
Worldwide interest on Twitter showed the most activity in the US, Canada, and India. Typically most conversations are in English, but last night had 1% coming in Hindi, which I don’t usually see. There were 73,200 tweets about The Bachelor last night, mostly by women (80%). At the height of the show it reached 820 tweets per minute.
In the US, it was a fairly nice distribution of interest across states, but states at the top:
Most twitter fans obviously talked about Arie but we can get a sense of some of the favorites or evil contestants might be for the season to come. Bekah continued her Google domination over on Twitter. She seems to be shown positively in the first show and is spiking interest in her real age. Lauren shows up since there are so many (4)! The likely villain, Chelsea, did not appear to make the top names discussed so far. I’m sure that will change.
Emoji usage points towards positive feelings in episode 1.
A little more Bekah…
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) January 2, 2018