Ready for Love (TV series)

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Ready for Love
Ready for Love logo.jpg
Genre Matchmaking
Format Reality-Competition
Directed by Alex Rudzinski
Starring
Theme music composer Amy Stroup
Opening theme "Hold Onto Hope Love"
Ending theme "Hold Onto Hope Love"
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David Garfinkle
  • Eva Longoria
  • Greg Goldman
  • Jason Ehrlich
  • Jay Renfroe
Production company(s) Renegade 83 Entertainment
UnbeliEVAble Entertainment
Universal Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (first three episodes)
NBC.com/On Demand & Hulu (future episodes)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09) – April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) (until June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04) on NBC.com)
External links
Official website

Ready for Love is an American reality matchmaking competition television series that aired for three weeks on NBC in April 2013 and six subsequent weeks on NBC.com. The series was scheduled to air Tuesdays from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Eastern and Pacific time, and premiered in that slot on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The series was hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic.[1] The show featured three bachelors and includes three matchmakers and a field of 36 bachelorettes.[2]

On April 19, 2013, after two low-rated episodes, NBC pulled the Eva Longoria produced Ready for Love from its schedule.[3] The last episode to air on NBC was the April 23 segment. The remaining six episodes were placed online on Tuesdays via the network's website, Hulu, the network's cable video on demand service, and iTunes and Amazon Video for purchase, until the June 4 finale.[4]

Programming[edit]

Episodes of Ready for Love run for two hours, and the series debuted on April 9, 2013.[5] It was placed on the Tuesday schedule where it aired immediately after The Voice.[5] It had originally been planned for a Sunday night slot as the lead-in to The Apprentice before NBC reshuffled its spring 2013 schedule; the Tuesday time slot was regarded as an upgrade because The Voice is a strong lead-in, and the network hoped the show would attract the viewers who had previously watched The Bachelor on Tuesdays.[5][6][7]

Show structure[edit]

The show was a matchmaking show with the goal of finding romantic partners for three eligible bachelors.[1] Producer Eva Longoria selected the bachelors for the show: Dallas-based financier Ben Patton, Santa Barbara-based Plain White T's member Tim Lopez and Miami-based entrepreneur Ernesto Argüello.[2] Eligible women applied online to matchmakers Amber Kelleher-Andrews, Tracy McMillan and Matthew Hussey. Each of the three bachelors had a field of twelve bachelorettes that were chosen for him: each matchmaker selected four women per bachelor.[1][2] The women applied via a specially designed Facebook app that introduced the participants via a Ready For Love Facebook page as well as a Facebook timeline.[1] The intent was that as the season evolved, each of the three bachelors would find a romantic partner from among the twelve bachelorettes chosen for him while the audience observed the process.[1]

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Residence Eliminated
Shandi Finnessey 34 Los Angeles, CA Winner (Ernesto's Pick)
Jenna Reeves  23 Austin, TX Winner (Tim's Pick)
Angela Zatopek 24 Houston, TX Winner (Ben's Pick)
Sara Lavagnino  30 Franklin, TN Finale
Allie Wagner  26 Cincinnati, OH Finale
Hailey Clark  31 Indialantic, FL Episode 8
Tarynn Franco  26 San Francisco, CA Episode 8
Alba Reyes 30 Houston, TX Episode 8
Kristen Sikorski  25 Austin, TX Episode 8
Siham Bengoua  25 Philadelphia, PA Episode 7
Renae Virata 31 Houston, TX Episode 7
Mandy Wagner  26 Studio City, CA Episode 7
Sarah Moore 28 Charlotte, NC Episode 6
Beth Richman  30 Charlotte, NC Episode 6
Danielle Duff  27 Tucson, AZ Episode 5
Erica Larson  25 Addison, TX Episode 5
Kari Krakowski  27 Dallas, TX Episode 5
Christina Rigaud  25 New Orleans, LA Episode 4
Sonia Lettig 31 Miramar, FL Episode 4
Lynsee Gonzales 26 Portland, OR Episode 4
Katie Coyle  34 Pella, IA Episode 3
Taonaya Fleury 31 Miramar, FL Episode 3
Olivia Matti  26 Sterling Heights, MI Episode 3 (Quit)
Katie Crosby  26 Chicago, IL Episode 3
Victoria Mora 24 Chicago, IL Episode 2
Rachel Briese  26 Schaumburg, IL Episode 2
Lisa Marie Hall 30 Covina, CA Episode 2
Kristina Zapata 26 Los Angeles, CA Episode 2
Summer Burns  31 Austin, TX Episode 2
Jade Dhir  24 Austin, TX Episode 2
Elizabeth Capela  30 Dallas, TX Episode 2
Seneca Berniard  34 Los Angeles, CA Episode 2
Leah Trogan  27 Austin, TX Episode 1
Lana Sears  26 Kansas City, MO Episode 1
Alexis Rodriguez 23 Scottsdale, AZ Episode 1
Lisa Conlon 32 Vernon, CT Episode 1

Elimination chart[edit]

Tim's Women Ernesto's Women Ben's Women
Place Contestant Episodes Place Contestant Episodes Place Contestant Episodes
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 Finale 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Finale 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Finale
1 Jenna Reeves In In In In In In Btm 2 Btm 3 Winner 1 Shandi Finnessey In In In Btm 2 In In In Winner 1 Angela Zatopek In Saved In In In In In In Winner
2 Sara Lavagnino In In In Btm 2 In In In Btm 3 Out 3 Alba Reyes In In In In In In In Out 2 Allie Wagner In In In In Btm 2 In Btm 2 Btm 2 Out
3 Hailey Clark In Saved Btm 3 In Btm 2 In In Out 3 Kristen Sikorski In Saved In In Btm 2 In Btm 2 Out 3 Tarryn Franco In In Saved In In Btm 2 In Out
4 Siham Bengoua In In In In In Btm 2 Out 4 Mandy Wagner In In Saved In In In Out 4 Renae Virata In In In Btm 2 In In Out
5 Sarah Moore In Btm 3 In In In Out 5 Erica Larson In Btm 3 Btm 3 In Out 5 Beth Richman In In Btm 3 In In Out
6 Danielle Duff In In In In Out 6 Sonia Lettig In In In Out 6 Kari Krakowski In Btm 3 In In Out
7 Christina Rigaud In In Saved Out 7 Katie Coyle In In Out 7 Lynsee Gonzales In In In Out
8 Taonaya Fleury In In Out 8 Olivia Matti In In Quit 8 Katie Crosby In In Out
9 Leah Trogan In Out 9 Victoria Mora In Out 9 Rachel Briese In Out
10-12 Lana Sears Out 10-12 Lisa Marie Hall Out 10-12 Kristina Zapata Out
Alexis Rodriguez Out Summer Burns Out Jade Dhir Out
Lisa Conlon Out Elizabeth Capela Out Seneca Berniard Out

Key[edit]

     Matchmaker Matthew Hussey's team.
     Matchmaker Amber Kelleher-Andrews' team.
     Matchmaker Tracy McMillan's team.
  Winner  The contestant won the competition.
  In  The contestant did well enough to not be put in the Bottom 3 or Bottom 2.
  Saved  The contestant was in the Bottom 3, but was saved.
  Btm 3  The contestant was chosen by the Matchmakers to be in the Bottom 3.
  Btm 2  The contestant was chosen by the Matchmakers to be in the Bottom 2.
  Btm 2 or 3  The contestant was chosen by the Men to be in the Bottom 2.
  Out  The contestant was eliminated.

Reception[edit]

Sonia Saraiya of The A.V. Club gave the premiere episode an "F" grade, calling it "a catastrophe of a television show", "pure evil", "boring, superficial, and bland" and its treatment of the contestants "despicable".[8]

Ratings[edit]

Despite aggressive promotion and having The Voice as a lead-in,[9] its premiere only brought in 3.67 million viewers with a 1.5 rating. In terms of viewership, only 27.6% of its lead-in stayed to watch it. In terms of the 18–49 category, it only retained 34.1% of its lead in.[10]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 9[11] April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09) April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) (NBC, episode 3)
June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04) (online & VOD venues)

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "A Rockstar Search for Love" April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09) 3.67[10]
2 "Meet Ben and Ernesto" April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16) 3.20[12]
3 "Love Connections" April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) 2.86[13]
4 "A Vineyard, a Trivia Contest and a Food Fight, Parts 1 & 2" April 30, 2013 (2013-04-30) (NBC.com)
5 "Vegas, In Love and War" May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07) (NBC.com)
6 "Love In Paradise" May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14) (NBC.com)
7 "Meet The Parents" May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21) (NBC.com)
8 "Ernesto Finds Love" May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28) (NBC.com)
9 "An Engagement and a Song" June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04) (NBC.com)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "NBC Announces New Dating Series 'Ready for Love' From Executive Producer Eva Longoria With Hosts Giuliana And Bill Rancic Set To Premiere In Winter 2012–13". NBC. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth (2013-03-06). "'Ready for Love's 36 bachelorettes revealed by NBC". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 19, 2013). "NBC Pulls 'Ready For Love', Moves 'Grimm' To Tuesdays". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 25, 2013). "Canceled Reality Series 'Ready For Love' To Finish Its Run Online & On VOD". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "NBC Schedule Changes: "Ready for Love" to Tuesdays, "Go On" to Thursdays, "Smash" to Saturdays". Thefutoncritic.com. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 13, 2013). "NBC's 'Smash' To Move To Saturday, 'Go On' To Thursday, 'Ready For Love' To Tuesday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Carter, Bill (2013-03-13). "NBC Moves Struggling ‘Smash’ to Saturday Slot". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  8. ^ Saraiya, Sonia. "Ready For Love". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Harnick, Chris (April 10, 2013). "'Ready For Love' Ratings: Viewers Skip NBC Dating Show". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (April 10, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'NCIS', 'Hell's Kitchen', 'NCIS:LA' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Ready for Love' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ready for Love on NBC". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 17, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen', 'The Voice' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Ready for Love' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 24, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Body of Proof', 'Hell's Kitchen', 'The Voice', 'NCIS' & 'NCIS:LA' Adjusted Up; 'Ready for Love' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 

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