If you tuned in at 8PM eastern expecting to see the newest season of The Bachelorette starring Charity Lawson, you might have been a little thrown off.
That’s because instead of roses and Jesse Palmer, you would have seen some Jonas Brothers.
ABC decided to air the premiere of The Bachelorette at a later time than previous seasons of the franchise and its “Bachelor” counter part and instead decided to air Claim to Fame. A lesser know show in its line up.
A lot of fans didn’t appreciate the move…
— BethanyReality (@bethanyreality) June 27, 2023
— Kdub (@dashdub1) June 27, 2023
Oh my. #bachelorette is at 9 pm instead of 8. That’s really late
— BB Enthusiast 🖤💚 (@TiaTweettweet) June 26, 2023
Bachelorette is on at 9 now…. Wasn’t going to watch but now I am ESPECIALLY NOT WATCHING
Too late sry I’m asleep by 10
— s ♡ (@samanthaaaline) June 26, 2023
What the hell is up with the bachelorette being on at 9 now.. what happened to 8 😒
— geremygrate (@geremygrate) June 27, 2023
What in the good f*ck do you mean The Bachelorette starts at 9?
— Olive is watching The Bachelorette (@floribombshell) June 27, 2023
— crazy bachelor fan (@crzybachelorfan) June 27, 2023
— T (@trinawatters) June 27, 2023
When you have to wait until 9 PM for the bachelorette pic.twitter.com/4VV4djyHN3
— Maris is living in Midnight Rain🏌🏻♀️☕️🎬🎶 (@sherlocmariss) June 27, 2023
Hey @ABCNetwork , you just lost a loyal member of Bachelorette nation with this absurd new 9-11 pm time slot. It was already hard enough with the 8-10 and now this!?! Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/n7hj6cgGON
— Dave Schillero (@Dave_Schillero) June 27, 2023
Bitchhh the bachelorette is on at 9????? Since when
— Lil Juarez (@liljuarezz) June 27, 2023
And then there is this FTR mini poll that at one point was at a 97% sentiment rate in the negative over the new start time.
— The Frank Torres Report (@ftrtoday) June 27, 2023
But there is a bright side.
Claim to Fame managed to hold up The Bachelorette’s Twitter dominance, at one point reaching number 2 in the United States. The Bachelor franchise has one of the biggest social media followings in TV. ABC will no doubt point to this plus.
A possibility for the change is the failure by some ABC shows to hold the valuable lead-in. The network could be trying to attract a new audience by working the other side. We’ll see if it works.
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