ABC’s Bachelor In Paradise has been the show of the summer for the past few years. While the powers that be select their upcoming Bachelors and Bachelorettes, contestants from previous seasons head to the beach of Mexico for a three-week journey in hopes of finding love and being presented with more roses.
The most recent seasons of Bachelor In Paradise premiered in actually have the highest ratings according to IMDb. The casts were stacked with some of the best in Bachelor Nation, and even though some of the engagements that ended the season didn’t work out, they entertained the audience and made them want to tune in for more in future seasons.
10 Season 5, Episode 1 – 7.8
The premiere episode of Bachelor In Paradise‘s season 5 included the introduction of new beachgoers, including several from Arie and Becca’s respective Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons.
Everyone’s personalities are on display very quickly as they arrive on the beach. Tia from Arie’s season misses her ex (and fellow member of Bachelor Nation) Colton, Krystal doesn’t want to be labeled as the mean girl forever, and Kendall and Grocery Store Joe share a first kiss that leads to an on-and-off relationship all season. It’s a jam-packed season opener that entertains from start to finish.
9 Season 5, Episode 7 – 7.8
Another season 5 episode with a decent rating was the seventh episode, in which the love triangle between Jenna Cooper, Jordan Kimball, and Benoit Beausejour-Savard came to a head as Jenna chose Jordan over Benoit for good, leading to a fight between the two men.
Tensions rise among other couples like Joe and Kendall and the latter expresses her romantic interest in newcomer Leo, which makes Joe doubt their relationship. Kendall then kisses Venmo John, but immediately confesses her mistake to Joe, wanting to rekindle their relationship. It’s a messy episode, but an entertaining one, which is why it is rated as one of the best in season 5 and of all time.
8 Season 6, Episode 5 – 7.9
Season 6 of Bachelor In Paradise was a wild one, and this episode was no exception. Jordan Kimball and Christian Estrada are removed from the beach following their physical altercation in the previous episode and Nicole Lopez-Alvar cozies up next to Clay Harbour following their eliminations.
Hannah Godwin makes a season-changing decision when she gives her rose to Dylan Barbour over Blake Horstmann, putting an end to the love triangle that took up much of the first four episodes. Blake manages to stick around, however, thanks to Kristina Shulman giving him a friendship rose to save him from elimination. The episode gave viewers everything they needed; a goodbye to Jordan, Hannah making a decision, and more Blake.
7 Season 6, Episode 11 – 7.9
This episode resulted in one of Bachelor Nation’s favorite couples coming out of Paradise, Dean Uglert and Caelynn Miller-Keyes.
Despite their breakup earlier in the season, Dean returns to the beach to win Caelynn back, even though she is now seeing Connor. He explains that his time away from her allows him to gain perspective and clarity and that all he wants now is to be with her. It’s super romantic, which is why viewers love it so much. His pitch and plea to her worked because they are one of the few Paradise couples to still be together today.
6 Season 2, Episode 9 – 7.9
In this season 2 episode of Bachelor In Paradise, Tenley and Joshua go on a romantic date after Josh kindly asks Chris Burkowski for his date card, since he struck out when asking if Tenley wanted to accompany him.
There’s a lot of drama going on as far as Sam is concerned, but Dan comes to her defensive resulting in her offering him her rose at the end of the episode. Joe is angry that Sam chose Dan over him, and goes off in confessionals before exiting the beach. Fans love drama, and this episode is chocked full of it, which is why it is the best-rated installment of season 2.
5 Season 3, Episode 2 – 7.9
Season 3 of Paradise resulted in the marriage between Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, a relationship that began in this very episode. After an unromantic first kiss, Evan is ready to give everything to Carly while she is unsure if she wants anything to do with him.
Nick Viall goes on a date with Leah, but then gets a date card and asks out Amanda. Leah is hurt, but Amanda is pleased and the two of them have a nice time together. The Carly and Evan excitement likely ranks this episode higher than any other in season 3; they got off to an unconventional start and were a bright spot in an otherwise dull season.
4 Season 6, Episode 3 – 8.0
In this season 6 episode, Jordan Kimball arrives at the beach after his failed engagement to Jenna Cooper at the end of season 5. Not everyone is excited to see him, especially not Blake or Dylan. Jordan tries to pursue Hannah, but she quickly shuts him down because she is already in the middle of a love triangle.
Simultaneously, Cam and Mike are both trying to woo Caelynn, but Cam comes up short. Mike and Caelynn have a romantic date, much to Cam’s disappointment. Elsewhere, Katie rejects Wills (who gave her his rose the night prior) and starts up a conversation with Paradise veteran Chris Burkowski instead. A lot happens in the episode that keeps it interesting, especially the re-introduction of Jordan.
3 Season 6, Episode 4 – 8.0
Dean arrives in Paradise in this episode, much to Caelynn’s delight. The two of them go on a date and sparks fly, putting the Blake drama at the start of the season behind her.
This episode is the first mention of Demi’s ex-girlfriend Kristian, whom she misses dearly despite currently being romantic involved with Derek. Blake, Hannah, and Dylan are at the height of their love triangle, but Jordan and Demi provide hilarious comedy for the viewers at home to get through it.
2 Season 6, Episode 10 – 8.0
Season 6 is a must-watch for Bachelor In Paradise fans because it fully encapsulates everything that the show is about; love, drama, and lots and lots of tears. Episode 10 is no exception, with Blake denying Bri’s affections in hopes that he and Kristina can work something out.
It’s a high-ranking episode because of how happy and content so many of the couples are. Power couples Katie and Chris, Demi and Kristian, and Hannah and Dylan are peaceful as can be, and might even be getting engaged in the near future. Viewers love drama, but they also love a good happy ending.
1 Season 5, Episode 8 – 8.0
The highest-rated Paradise episode was in season 5, in which a couple not even competing on the season came back to get engaged. Popular couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Hiabon competed on several previous seasons of the show, which makes it only fitting that Jared would pop the question in the place where their story began.
Elsewhere, Colton and Tia finally break up, which viewers were pretty pleased with. The episode gave fans everything they needed; a Paradise success story and an end to an exhausting on-and-off-again relationship.