For 'Bachelor' viewers, the 'absurdity' is the fun

Vanessa and Nick Viall

(CNN)Let's be honest, "The Bachelor" is not what most would call a great -- or possibly even good -- show. But while the number of reasons not to watch can add up faster than dead roses and limo tears, Bachelor Nation remains united and as passionate as ever.

To be more specific, before Monday's finale, ratings for "The Bachelor" were up 11% from last season among adults 18-49 and up 15% in adults 18-34.
For context, ratings for "The Bachelor" follow only Fox's "Empire" among adults 18-34.
The 21-season-old dating competition is among the most reliable weapons in ABC's programming arsenal, outrightly defying the Peak TV pr