Ranking the Success of TV Dating Shows: 'Bachelor,' 'Married at First Sight' & More
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Of the four couples who went into the first season of this USA reboot, only one survived the temptations of the island. In fact, Shari Ligons and Javen Butler aren’t just together, they’re engaged! And even though Evan Smith split with longtime girlfriend Kaci Campbell, he’s now engaged to Temptation Island castmate Morgan Lolar. For now, however: 0 married couples, 1 season.
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Only one Bachelor is still together with and married to his winning woman: Season 17’s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici (above) tied the knot in 2014. Two other Bachelors are married to their runners-up, however: Season 13’s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney and Season 22’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham. Still, we’re calling it: 1 married couple, 23 seasons.
Are You the One?
A few of the contestant couples from this MTV show are still together, even ones who weren’t “perfect matches.” As far as we know, though, only Season 1’s Amber Lee and Ethan Diamond (above) have walked down the aisle. (And they’ve even expanded their family with two children!) Current status: 1 married couple, 7 seasons.
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Three Bachelorettes are still in wedded bliss with their Final Rose recipients: Season 1’s Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter (above), Season 7’s Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, and Season 9’s Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried. The success rate might rise soon: The three most recent Bachelorettes — JoJo Fletcher, Rachel Lindsay, and Becca Kufrin — are still engaged to their winners. But in the meantime: 3 married couples, 14 seasons.
Bachelor in Paradise
So far, The Bachelor’s Mexico-set summer offshoot has produced two marriages: Season 2’s Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, and Season 3’s Carly Waddell and Evan Bass. Four other couples are still together, including engaged Season 5 duo Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone. For now: 2 married couples, 5 seasons.
Married at First Sight
For a reality series about marriages as first dates, this Lifetime show’s success rate is surprisingly high: Season 1’s Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner (above), Season 5’s Anthony D’Amico and Ashley Petta, Season 6’s Jephte Pierre and Shawniece Jackson, Season 7’s Bobby Dodd and Danielle Bergman, Season 8’s AJ Vollmoeller and Stephanie Sersen, and Season 8’s Keith Dewar and Kristine Killingsworth are all still married. Track record: 6 married couples, 8 seasons.
90 Day Fiancé
With Colt Johnson and Larisa Dos Santos Lima’s just-finalized divorce, Jonathan Rivera and Fernanda Flores’ recent separation, and Ashley Martson and Jay Smith’s questionable relationship status, it seems 23 couples from this TLC reality show are still married and actually together, including Season 4's Pedro and Chantel Jimeno (above). 23 married couples, 7 seasons.
Trying to turn a reality TV romance into a long-lasting marriage is quite the challenge, it turns out! But if you have must, you have better odds on some dating shows than you do on others, as you can see here.
We’ve ranked seven of the most popular current dating shows by their success rates, i.e. the average number of marriages per season. And we gotta say, Married at First Sight was a surprise!
Click through the gallery above for the ranking, ordered from least to most successful.
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