If you were surprised that ABC cast Clayton Echard as the new Bachelor before anyone ever met him, then hello! Welcome, you are my people. It’s probably not fair to say no one ever met him because Michelle Young did...before sending him home week six on her season of The Bachelorette. (For Michelle’s thoughts on Clayton becoming the Bachelor, head right this way.) All in all, Bachelor Nation only *officially* met Clayton, like, five minutes ago.
Now that Clayton is a lead himself and we’re six episodes in as of tonight, let’s look ahead and get the full rundown of his Bachelor season. Onward!
How many episodes of Clayton’s season are there? When is The Bachelor on next? Is The Bachelor on tonight??
Glad you asked. Here are all the Bachelor episode release dates and times:
- Episode 1: Monday, January 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET (Already aired)
- Episode 2: Monday, January 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET (Already aired)
- Episode 3: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET (Already aired)
- Episode 4: Monday, January 31 2022, at 8 p.m. ET (Already aired)
- Episode 5: Monday, February 7, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET (Already aired)
- Episode 6: Monday, February 14, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET (Airing tonight!)
- Episode 7: Monday, February 21, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
If you missed any of the episodes that debuted, you can catch up on Hulu, where Bachelor episodes drop the day after they air.
When was The Bachelor premiere this year?
Clayton started off ABC’s 2022 schedule with a bang by premiering on January 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET. It’s been typical for several years that The Bachelor begins on the first Monday in January, so Clayton’s premiere date wasn't surprising, despite Michelle’s season unusually airing on Tuesdays thanks to football and Dancing With the Stars.
Who are Clayton’s contestants?
The ladies competing on season 26 made their way to L.A. in September 2021 for their chance at love, according to a blog post from Reality Steve. (If you want a deep dive on all of Clayton's contestants, head riiight this way.)
Speaking of southern California though...
Did they film at Bachelor Mansion?
Yes! That’s right, y’all—Bachelor Mansion returned! After not being at the famed Bachelor Mansion since Peter Weber’s season 24 of The Bachelor—which may not sound like a long time ago, but we’ve had FOUR entire seasons of the show and The Bachelorette combined since then—the beloved house came back for Clayton’s season.
That’s everything you should know about The Bachelor schedule right now. Be sure to check back here for more info as we get it! Until then, bask in this much-needed briefing on Clayton: