Dating in the Dark (U.S. TV series)

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Dating in the Dark
Dating in the Dark logo.jpg
Genre Reality
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run 20 July 2009 (2009-07-20) – 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)
Chronology
Related shows Dating in the Dark

Dating in the Dark premièred on the ABC television network on 20 July 2009. The show's format is based on a Dutch dating show called Daten in het Donker (meaning "Dating in the Dark").

Format[edit]

Dating[edit]

Three men and three women are sequestered in separate wings of the house, unable to have any conversation or contact with the opposite sex unless in the dark room. Initially, all six contestants have a group date in which they all sit at a table in the dark room exchanging names and getting to know one another's voices and personality types. After this date, each contestant can invite another contestant for a one-on-one date; these dates are also held in the dark room.

Throughout the show, the host provides the men and women with additional insights by providing personality profiles showing which contestants are their best matches and also allowing them to view items the others have brought to the house, such as items of clothing or luggage. Other episodes include sketch artists drawing contestants' impressions of each other.

After the one-on-one dates, each contestant can choose to invite another that they wish to see. The contestants enter the dark room for the final time and are revealed to each other one at a time. During the reveal process the couple must remain silent.

The Reveal Process[edit]

While being shown in the light, a contestant cannot see the other contestant's reaction. Each contestant is standing at opposite ends of the dark room with a very large two-way mirror between them. A color camera films from the dark side of the mirror while the other is illuminated on the other side. A separate infrared camera films the person on the dark side's reaction; the two images are combined in post-production. This is done, in part, by using video editing software to fade the infrared image of the person being revealed to black before they are illuminated, then seamlessly showing the color image of the person being revealed as it is faded in and out. During the reveal process the couple must remain silent.

The Balcony[edit]

The show culminates with each contestant choosing whether to meet another on the balcony of the house. The contestant will go to the balcony and wait for his or her prospective partner to join him or her. Joining the other on the balcony signifies that the contestants both want to pursue a relationship; exiting the house through the front door signifies that they do not want to pursue a relationship. Cameras are set up to show both the meeting balcony and the front door.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

Episode 1 (20 July 2009)

Female's Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?
Melanie 31 Allister 29 Him-Yes

Her-Yes

Christina 28 Seth 31 Him-Yes

Her-No

Leni 27 Stephen 31 Him-Yes

Her-Yes

Episode 2 (27 July 2009)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?
Chrystee 32 Jason 29 Him-No

Her-Yes

Megan 31 Matt 28 Him-Yes

Her-Yes

Lindsey 27 Doug 31 Him-Yes

Her-Yes

Episode 3 (3 August 2009)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?
Sasha 30 Chris 26 Him-No

Her-No

Megan 23 Chris 26 Him-No

Her-No

Jennifer 30 Chris 26 Him-Yes

Her-No

  • Chris was chosen by all three girls to meet on the balcony, however, none of them did meet him.

Episode 4 (10 August 2009)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?
Lisa 39 Dion 37 Him-Yes

Her-Yes

Tawny 37 Leo 26 Him-Yes

Her-No

Tanya 24 Malek 29 Him-Yes

Her-No

Episode 5 (17 August 2009)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?
Deanne 27 Jeff 30 Him-yes

Her-yes

Renee 28 Jose 30 Him-yes

Her-no

Gina 24 Matt 32 Him-yes

Her-no

Episode 6 (24 August 2009)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Season 2 (2010)[edit]

Episode 1 (9 August 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Episode 2 (16 August 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Episode 3 (23 August 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Episode 4 (30 August 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Episode 5 (6 September 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Episode 6 (13 September 2010)

Female's Name Age Male's Name Age Chooses to Date/Meet on Balcony?

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

Order Rating Share Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Night)
Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Week)
1 4.1 7 2.5/7 6.34 6 1 7[1]
2 4.2 7 2.5/7 6.36 6 1 8
3 2.4 4 1.6/5 3.64 6 3 17
4 3.0 5 1.7/5 4.50 8 3 14
5 2.9 5 1.8/5 4.60 9 4 15
6 2.8 4 1.7/5 4.18 10 5 18

Season 2 (2010)[edit]

Order Rating Share Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Night)
Rank
(Timeslot)
7 2.9 5 1.8/5 4.44 4 1
8 2.5 4[2] 1.6/4[3] 3.76 8 1
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12

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