LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Bachelor 2012 winner Courtney Robertson won Ben’s engagement, but she didn’t engage viewers. Courtney and Ben are still together, still engaged, and hope to get married. But that news did not resonate well with viewers. Ratings were dramatically down for the season finale of The Bachelor 2012 this week. Even fellow ABC employee, Barbara Walters, couldn’t restrain herself for criticizing the cast and the finale.
The Bachelor 2012 might prove to executives how not to do this franchise, ever again. They chose a previous reality contestant who manifested one personality in one season, and another personality in this season. Viewers quickly felt betrayed.
Ben came into this season with fans liking him. He eventually hurt that viewer support. As Ben progressively sent home women who were worthy candidates for his love, and continued to advance Courtney Robertson week to week, Ben slowly isolated viewers. But isn’t that what every Bachelor does?
Soon, news magazines were dominating the supermarket checkout stands with the same headings. On them, Courtney Robertson was being turned into a villain. On tv, it was no different. But Ben liked the villain and sent her to the finale round.
When Ben chose Courtney, viewers were enraged. When they found out the two are still together, it was even worse. But don’t Bachelors every season anger fans with their decisions? How much worse was Ben’s choice with Courtney, then Jake’s decision with Vienna?
Walter voiced her own opinion, telling news “I love ABC, I’m very happily employed, [but] I think this show is such degradation to women… He’s just an ordinary guy with bad hair.”
In the end, despite what the public thinks, Ben and Courtney found true love, and yes, they were compatible. “Whether or not Courtney made mistakes with her words and attitude, however, the person she was with Ben was a good match” reacted one viewer. But were they the right match?
“They seemed to have fun together and mesh really well. I do believe The Bachelor brought out the worst in her, but honestly, if her “worst” is saying comments like “winning” and waving roses around and being defensive and stand-offish, then I think her character flaws are pretty mild. “
Other fans thick that Courtney evolved through the series. Many contend that the swimming episode was wrong. But some viewers, claiming to be early critics of Robertson, ultimately found her to be Ben’s best match. “That swimming absolutely didn’t have place on the national TV and it shouldn’t be shown at all!!! I agree with that. But that is what Ben likes about her, every moment with her was unexpected and it was clear that he was going to pick her.”
So is there a future for Ben and Courtney? The two have not set a wedding date. Their broadcaster has yet to confirm if they will appear in another reality show.
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