There is no “love” lost between ABC and CBS, and now the final episode of the season for ABC’s highly rated The Bachelorette is messing with the launch of a new CBS dating reality show in the high-stakes world of television ratings.
ABC is moving the season finale of The Bachelorette from Monday to Sunday night when CBS planned to broadcast the first episode of 3, its new dating show. The Bachelorette finale, when Emily Maynard decides who her “life partner” is going to be, will air on Sunday night, July 22, followed by the After the Final Rose reunion show.
Fans need to adjust their DVRs accordingly.
According to EOnline, CBS has thrown in the towel and is shifting 3 (“about three women… looking for love”) to Sunday evening, July 29.
CBS and ABC are already locked in a legal feud over the similarities between Big Brother and a new show called The Glass House. A court recently denied a request by CBS for a temporary injunction to stop The Glass House for premiering on June 18.
The Bachelorette (which is a spin-off of The Bachelor), revolves around a bunch of superficial males awkwardly competing for a rose from an attractive woman–and all but one of whom will be ultimately rejected on national television when she makes her final selection.
Maynard was chosen by Brad Womack in season 15 of the The Bachelor but they subsequently broke up, and this season of The Bachelorette is her second chance at TV love.
If you are willing to admit that you watch the show, why do think it’s such a huge success with the viewers? Since most of the “relationships” formed on these dating reality shows wind up crashing and burning when the cameras stop rolling, what’s the point?