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ABC has renewed The Bachelor for another season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Season 16 of The Bachelor will debut in early 2012. The series, which will air its 15th season finale on Monday night, has been averaging 10.2 million viewers. The previous season averaged 11.3 million viewers.

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Following the finale, the new Bachelorette will be announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Bachelorette returns May 23.

Reps for the series didn't immediately respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment.