ABC's The Bachelor was back last night with last season's reject, er runner up, Ben Flajnik, in the title role. Ben, if you'll recall, was passed over by Bachelorette Ashley Hebert for J.P. Rosenbaum, a construction manager from Roslyn, New York.
Flajnik sent seven women of the initial 25 home last night. Apparently, the drama centered not necessarily on Ben, but on one woman supposedly interested in another woman and another who couldn't handle the cattiness of her competitors.
The big news, though, is the ratings. TV Guide is reporting that compared to last year's same-time Bachelor ratings, this season is down 13%. The two-hour Season 16 premiere last night averaged 7.74 million viewers compared with 10.22 million for How I Met Your Mother, 12.05 million for 2 Broke Girls, 13.79 million for Two and a Half Men and 11.93 million for Mike and Molly, all on CBS which clearly won the night.
Here's a snippet of Flajnik's Good Morning America segment that aired Monday morning:
Incidentally, Who's Still Standing and Fear Factor on NBC drew just more than five million viewers each. FOX ran two reruns of House which scored with 3.68 million people.