The Bachelor axed

Spencer Matthews

Spencer Matthews

'The Bachelor' has been axed by Channel 5 after the dating reality show failed to get huge ratings.

'The Bachelor' has been axed by Channel 5.

The dating reality show - which featured rugby player Gavin Henson and 'Made in Chelsea' star Spencer Matthews searching for love in the first two series respectively - is being dropped by the network after failing to get huge ratings.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "The show didn't do hugely well last year and Channel 5 are now giving it a rest.

"But it is a good format and the owners have been sounding out other broadcasters to see if anyone else is up for taking it on."

'The Bachelor' - which sees a single man choose from a group of women before embarking on a relationship together - is a huge hit in the US and was brought to the UK by the BBC 10 years ago.

It aired on BBC Three for three series before being dropped and Channel 5 resurrected it in 2001 with Gavin - ex-fiance of Charlotte Church - being the bachelor.

He chose Carianne Barrow in the final - which was watched by 1.6 million viewers - but the pair split after just four months together.

In last year's show, Spencer picked model Khloe Evans, with the final watched by just under one million viewers.

After the series was over, the pair went their separate ways.


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