Last season on The Bachelor... "hunk" Ben Flajnik proposed to the girl America loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, and audiences responded by simply tuning out. But jump to 2013, where Bachelor Sean Lowe wowed fans with his heartfelt, "genuine" (Chris Harrison said it approximately 3.5 million times in one hour of television so it must be true) proposal to Catherine Giudici on the ABC reality staple, and the fans were out in droves, ready to fall in love with the happy couple.
The three-hour finale special saw a 15 percent jump from last year's ratings, which saw a modest seven percent increase from the 2011. While we could chalk up the increase to a lack of competition from last year's ratings hog, NBC's The Voice, we're going to choose to find a silver lining in all of this: maybe America, like Sean "Shirt Allergy" Lowe, really is open to finding love, too.
In fact, 10 million people (and a higher 10.1 million during the last, live hour) were open to falling in love with two people on a journey to find their soulmates on television for the right reasons (okay, I'm all out of Bachelor cliches).
Perhaps this will bode well for Dancing With the Stars, which premieres in The Bachelor's Monday timeslot on March 18, with Lowe ready to shake his bon-bon (and yes, take off his shirt) in an attempt to win America's heart as well.
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