Farmer Wants a Wife (U.S. TV series)

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Farmer Wants a Wife
Format Reality television
Developed by FremantleMedia
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Original run April 30, 2008 (2008-04-30) – June 25, 2008 (2008-06-25)

Farmer Wants a Wife is a U.S. reality television series, based on the same-name British program, in which a bachelor farmer chooses a potential romantic partner among a group of 10 single city women.

The series premiered on The CW network on April 30, 2008.[1] It was cancelled on June 25, 2008.[2]

The U.S. version consists of 8 episodes, during which 10 women are trying to be chosen by a bachelor farmer. In that the format differed from the other international versions. Shooting locations in USA were St. Charles, Orchard Farm, and Portage des Sioux, all in Missouri.

The farmer[edit]

Biographical data from The CW unless otherwise noted.[3]

The Farmer Age Hometown Occupation
Matt Neustadt 29 West Alton, MO Farmer

The city women[edit]

Biographical data from The CW unless otherwise noted.[3]

Name Age Hometown Occupation
Amanda Tudesco[4] 21 Poughkeepsie, NY Student at Northwestern University
Ashley Wochholz[5] 27 Chicago, IL Senior catering sales manager for the Chicago Marriott downtown
Brooke Ward[6] 22 Atlanta, TX Marketing Representative
Christa Ackerman[7] 21 New York, NY Cocktail waitress
Josie Goldberg[6][8] 24 Laguna Niguel, CA Math and Tennis Teacher;[8] former student at Loyola Marymount University[9]
Kanisha Johnson[6][8] 25 Ontario, CA Leasing agent
Krista 23 Kelley, IA Accountant
Lisa Lewolt[6] 21 Los Angeles, CA Singer/dancer/street performer
Stacey Feldman[10] 24 Owings Mills, MD Public relations agent
Stephanie Horn[6] 23 Los Angeles, CA Jeweler

Episode summaries[edit]

"Goodbye City...Hello Country"[edit]

Original Airdate: April 30, 2008 Ten young women arrive at the farm to meet Matt, who takes them to see the chickens, revealing Stephanie's secret fear of them. Matt's mom takes them around the house, where Josie is openly disgusted by the 19th Century style. Matt announces that his neighbor needs a hand collecting chickens. Upon arrival Matt announces that this is going to be the first challenge. Kanisha and Krista tied with 10 chickens each, and have a "coop off". Kanisha finally wins with 14 chickens. Josie collects none, saying that it is beneath her, while Stephanie gets four, overcoming her fear of chickens.

Matt invites everyone for a hayride around the countryside. He asks Stephanie and Josie if they really want to be a farmer's wife. During the ride, Josie's reply provokes an argument between the girls and when they return she and Kanisha have an argument.

The girls prepare for the elimination and arguments continue between the other girls and Josie. Matt asks the girls (excluding Kanisha because she won the challenge) to stand behind a chicken with their name on it. Whoever's chicken does not have an egg underneath it is eliminated. Stephanie is ultimately eliminated because she did not fit in.

Matt decides to spend some alone time with one of the girls and picks Christa to go with him. The girls help her prepare for her date with Matt. He brings her to a small canopy and a bench and they talk. Lisa, Brooke and Amanda toilet paper Matt's truck but are caught by him and Christa. She is outraged because they ruined her "almost perfect" date and more arguments arise.

  • Challenge: Collecting Chickens
  • Challenge Winner: Kanisha
  • Chosen For Date: Christa
  • Date: Talking on a small bench, under a canopy, and drinking
  • Elimination: Finding an egg
  • Eliminated: Stephanie

"Pigs & Cows & Sheep...Oh My"[edit]

Original Airdate: May 7, 2008 A romantic date between Matt and Stacey leads to some juicy gossip that is news to Matt. Back at the farm, Stacey and Lisa show their true colors around the pigs, and Matt takes the girls out for a wild night of bingo. At bingo, Josie insults the local bingo players; Matt smooths things over, but the group is embarrassed by Josie's attitude. At the local bar, Lisa and Brooke become "friendly" to the other local farmers, which causes Christa and the other girls to think that they are not interested in Matt, and are on the show for the wrong reasons. Josie is devastated about being eliminated, and refuses to leave. She makes a big scene demanding a "parting gift" from Matt. She finally leaves - without a gift.

  • Challenge: Steve's Chores (Milk Goats, Spray Paint Cows and Clean Stalls)
  • Challenge Winner: Krista
  • Chosen For Date: Stacey
  • Date: Watching a home movie
  • Elimination: Bingo
  • Eliminated: Josie

"Wet 'n Wild"[edit]

Original Airdate: May 14, 2008

  • Challenge: Driving a tractor across a field and throwing hay bales into a trailer.
  • Challenge Winner: Brooke
  • Chosen For Date: Amanda
  • Date: Dinner with Matt's Family
  • Elimination: Stitching Name
  • Eliminated: Krista

"Do-Si-Do"[edit]

Original Airdate: May 28, 2008

  • Challenge: Collecting Sweet Corn (3 x 2 dozen)
  • Challenge Winner: Brooke
  • Chosen For Date: Kanisha
  • Date: Horse back riding and watching a sunset
  • Elimination: Pouring a drink
  • Eliminated: Stacey

"As Country as Apple Pie"[edit]

Original Airdate: June 4, 2008

  • Challenge: Baking an apple pie
  • Challenge Winner: Amanda
  • Chosen For Date: Ashley
  • Date: Mother in Law House Restaurant
  • Elimination: Name in lights (fireworks display)
  • Eliminated: Lisa

"It's Show Time"[edit]

Original Airdate: June 11, 2008

  • Challenge: Talent Show
  • Challenge Winner: Brooke
  • Chosen For Date: Brooke
  • Date: Boating and picnic on lake
  • Elimination: Reaching inside of a cow's rectum to see if cow is pregnant
  • Eliminated: Ashley

"A Family Affair"[edit]

Original Airdate: June 18, 2008

  • Challenge: None
  • Challenge Winner: None
  • Chosen For Date: Brooke & Christa
  • Date: Hot tub
  • Elimination: Firing at a Target w/ a Shotgun
  • Eliminated: Kanisha & Amanda

"Farmer Picks a Wife"[edit]

Original Airdate: June 25, 2008

  • Challenge: None
  • Challenge Winner: None
  • Chosen For Date: Brooke and Christa
  • Date: Brooke on a four-wheeler to a picnic, Christa on a Horse Carriage to Matt's house
  • Elimination: Crop Duster With Banner
  • Eliminated: Christa

Elimination chart[edit]

Contestants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Brooke SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN/DATE DATE WINNER
Christa DATE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DATE RUNNER-UP
Amanda SAFE SAFE DATE SAFE WIN SAFE ELIMINATED
Kanisha WIN SAFE SAFE DATE SAFE BTM 2 ELIMINATED
Ashley SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM 2/DATE ELIMINATED
Lisa SAFE BTM 2 BTM 2 BTM 2 ELIMINATED
Stacey SAFE DATE SAFE ELIMINATED
Krista SAFE WIN ELIMINATED
Josie BTM 2 ELIMINATED
Stephanie ELIMINATED
     This woman was safe
     This woman was bottom 2
     This woman went on a date with Matt and was bottom 2
     This woman went on a date with Matt
     This woman won the challenge and got immunity
     This woman went on a date with Matt, and won the challenge
     This woman was eliminated
     This woman was the runner up
     This woman was chosen by Matt to be the farmer's wife

U.S. Nielsen Ratings[edit]

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18–49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" are the number of viewers, in million, watching at the time. "Rank" how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

# Episode Air Date Timeslot Rating Share 18-49 Viewers Weekly Rank
1 "Goodbye City...Hello Country" April 30, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.7 3 1.0/3 (#5) 2.37 (#5) 89/96
2 "Pigs & Cows & Sheeps...Oh My" May 7, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.5 2 1.0/3 (#5) 2.11 (#5) 90/97
3 "Wet 'n Wild" May 14, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.9/2 (#5) 1.96 (#5) 90/96
4 "Do-Si-Do" May 28, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.8 3 0.9/2 (#5) 2.44 (#5) 75/87
5 "As Country as Apple Pie" June 4, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.8/2 (#5) 2.01 (#5) 79/91
6 "It's Show Time" June 11, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.8/2 (#5) 2.04 (#5) 76/88
7 "A Family Affair" June 18, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.5 3 0.8/2 (#5) 2.00 (#5) TBA
8 "Farmer Picks a Wife" June 25, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.6 3 1.0/3 (#5) 2.45 (#5) TBA

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