Thanks to the broad appeal of Jason Mesnick, ABC has decided to continue airing its two-hour episodes of The Bachelor for the rest of the show's run this winter.
That means that Samantha Who?, which was set to make its return this week prior to this awesome ratings-driven announcement, is SOL for the time being.
The return of Jason Mesnick, the single dad and final rejectee by DeAnna Pappas on The Bachelorette last summer, was highly hyped by ABC, and it's paying off.
The audience has grown for three straight weeks, from 8.7 million to 9.06 million and then 9.9 million for Monday's episode, winning all female demographics.
The latter figure is even more impressive considering the competition the show faced this week from House, 24, Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother and more.
JASON MESNICK SHIRTLESS: ABC's first and last reason for making its two-hour episodes of The Bachelor a permanent Monday fixture. Any complaints?
All we have to say is bring it on. And watch out for Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft. Those two heavyweights are on a collision course for the title.