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ABC gives 'The Bachelor' early renewal for 2009-2010 season

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/24/2009 

The Bachelor will unsurprisingly be back.

ABC announced it has given The Bachelor an early renewal for the 2009-2010 primetime programming season, representing the long-running reality dating series fourteenth season.

The announcement comes on the heels of The Bachelor's thirteenth installment, which ended with Jason Mesnick rejecting bachelorette Molly Malaney in favor of Melissa Rycroft during the final Rose Ceremony but later deciding to dump Rycroft on-air during the After the Final Rose special.

Mesnick then asked for and received a second chance with Malaney during a subsequent After the Final Rose Part 2 special.

The Bachelor's thirteenth-season finale averaged 15.5 million viewers and a 5.4/13 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic, while the first After the Final Rose special averaged 17.5 million total viewers and a 6.7/16 rating/share among Adults 18-49 and its second After the Final Rose special averaged 10.9 million total viewers and a 4.0/11 rating/share among Adults 18-49 -- the reality franchise's bst ratings performances in years. 

ABC also announced former bachelorette Jill Harris would serve as the star of a new The Bachelorette edition that will premiere on May 18 at the conclusion of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose Part 2 special.

The Bachelor was part of an ABC early renewal announcement for the 2009-2010 primetime programming season that also included Dancing with the Stars, Supernanny, Wife Swap, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, America's Funniest Home Videos, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, and Ugly Betty.

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