The Bachelor: Tim Robards on why the franchise is flopping in the ratings

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Tim Robards has offered his thoughts as to why The Bachelor and Bachelorette have performed so badly in the ratings this year.

The 39-year-old, who found love with his wife Anna Heinrich on the series back in 2013, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that viewers are more into high-octane drama these days instead of a picture-perfect love story.

‘When a show has been going for so many seasons, it’s a lot,’ he said. ‘I guess with formats they have got to be fresh, so that’s always going to be a challenge with something like that.

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Speaking out: Tim Robards has offered his thoughts as to why The Bachelor and Bachelorette have performed so badly in the ratings this year. Pictured with his wife Anna Heinrich, who he met on the show in 2013

Speaking out: Tim Robards has offered his thoughts as to why The Bachelor and Bachelorette have performed so badly in the ratings this year. Pictured with his wife Anna Heinrich, who he met on the show in 2013

‘We were the first one, so [obviously] it was fresh. But you see it with all the different shows. Sometimes they have a break for a while, then they rejuvenate and bring them back out, or put a bit of a twist on it.

‘Look at Big Brother, The Voice – they tweak them, and give them a break for a little bit. It’s one of those shows that can be fun and a little love story, but is that what people want?’

He added that viewers often go through phases with TV shows where they prefer to watch something more dramatic and new – which is what appears to be happening now.

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Not thriving! Meanwhile, The Bachelorette sank to its lowest ever ratings this month, pulling in just 249,000 viewers. It concludes later this week. Pictured: Brooke Blurton

Not thriving! Meanwhile, The Bachelorette sank to its lowest ever ratings this month, pulling in just 249,000 viewers. It concludes later this week. Pictured: Brooke Blurton

Jimmy Nicholson’s season of The Bachelor had its lowest-ever premiere ratings this year, with just 482,000 metro viewers tuning for the first episode. 

Meanwhile, The Bachelorette sank to its lowest ever ratings in November, pulling in just 249,000 viewers. It concludes later this week. 

Back in 2013, 1.186million metro viewers tuned in to see Tim choose Anna during the series finale. The pair married in 2018, and share baby Elle, one, together. 

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When asked if the franchise should be cancelled, Tim responded: ‘It’s not really my place to say on a show like that, but I think it’s a hard one. It’s up to Channel 10.’

Throwback: Back in 2013, 1.186million metro viewers tuned in to see Tim choose Anna during the finale of The Bachelor

Throwback: Back in 2013, 1.186million metro viewers tuned in to see Tim choose Anna during the finale of The Bachelor

Tim is currently working as an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative, after receiving the devastating news that his best friend Tom Barrett had been diagnosed with brain cancer a month ago.

The challenge involves doing 1500 burpees throughout the month of November (50 burpees a day) to raise money for charity.

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The number 1,500 represents the number of Australians – fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and mates – that die each year from brain cancer.

Speaking about Tom’s diagnosis, Tim said: ‘When it’s your mate who hasn’t had any health issues, and is a pretty healthy guy… to be faced with that – he has a five-year-old child. He’s just over 40.’

Tom discovered the tumour after going in for his Covid-19 vaccination, which led to some severe headaches which were abnormal to him.

Raising awareness: Tim is currently working as an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative, after receiving the devastating news that his best friend Tom Barrett (left) had been diagnosed with brain cancer a month earlier

Raising awareness: Tim is currently working as an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative, after receiving the devastating news that his best friend Tom Barrett (left) had been diagnosed with brain cancer a month earlier

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After going in for an MRI scan, doctors confirmed they had found a tumour. It has since been cut out, and Tom is going through chemotherapy and radiation.

‘I’ve been mates with Tom for over 15 years – I used to live with him a little bit, he used to let me crash on his couch,’ Tim added. ‘You never know what is life is going to serve you, so you’ve really got to bloody live it.

‘Doing 50 burpees a day is great – we get to do this together, and are doing something positive for Tom to keep him in a great mindset.

‘Also, it raises awareness for people who are going through this as a family… its good for them to see people talk about it, and to acknowledge how difficult it is.’

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To find out more about Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative or to donate, visit Tom and Tim’s Facebook pages.

Diagnosis: Tom discovered the tumour after going in for his Covid-19 vaccination, which led to some severe headaches which were abnormal to him. After going in for an MRI scan, doctors confirmed they had found a tumour. It has since been cut out, and Tom is going through chemotherapy and radiation

Diagnosis: Tom discovered the tumour after going in for his Covid-19 vaccination, which led to some severe headaches which were abnormal to him. After going in for an MRI scan, doctors confirmed they had found a tumour. It has since been cut out, and Tom is going through chemotherapy and radiation

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