Rachel Lindsay, a fan favorite on the 21st season of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor,” starring Nick Viall, was named as the next woman to hand out the roses and attempt to find her own happy ending when “The Bachelorette” premieres for its 13th season, Monday, May 22, 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST, on The ABC Television Network. The surprise announcement was made last night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Lindsay will be the series’ first black “Bachelorette,” for those keeping score at home.
“We’re thrilled to have Rachel Lindsay as our next Bachelorette,” said Robert Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC. “This coveted role is always reserved for a fan-favorite from the previous season, and Rachel is no exception and has been the fans’ choice since she exited the limo. She is an accomplished, confident and beautiful woman who knows what she wants in life. We all look forward to joining her on the joyous journey as she looks for that one special man.”
Season to date (January 2-February 12) in its 21st season, ABC’s “The Bachelor” ranks No. 1 in its Monday time period in Total Viewers and in all key Adult demos (A18-34/A18-49/A25-54). The series also ranks as Monday’s No. 1 TV program in all key Adult demos (A18-34/A18-49/A25-54). Compared to the same point of the previous season, “The Bachelor” is up in both Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults 18-49 (+19%).
So far this season “The Bachelor” has been the most social broadcast series on Monday night with over three million social interactions, which includes Twitter and Facebook.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.
Below, watch host Chris Harrison dish on the new “Bachelorette.”