Farmer Wants a Wife
Developed byFremantleMedia
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production locationsSt. Charles, Orchard Farm, and Portage des Sioux
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseApril 30 (2008-04-30) –
June 25, 2008 (2008-06-25)

Farmer Wants a Wife is an American reality television series, based on the same-name British program, in which a bachelor farmer chooses a potential romantic partner among a group of 10 single city women.[1][2][3]

The series premiered on The CW network on April 30, 2008.[4] It was cancelled on June 25, 2008.[5]

The U.S. version consists of 8 episodes, during which 10 women are trying to be chosen by a bachelor farmer. In that the format differed from the other international versions. Shooting locations in USA were St. Charles, Orchard Farm, and Portage des Sioux, all in Missourio.

The farmer

Biographical data from The CW unless otherwise noted.[6]

The Farmer Age Hometown Occupation
Matt Neustadt 29 West Alton, MO Farmer

The city women

Biographical data from The CW unless otherwise noted.[6]

Name Age Hometown Occupation
Amanda Tudesco[7] 21 Poughkeepsie, NY Student at Northwestern University
Ashley Wochholz 27 Chicago, IL Senior catering sales manager for the Chicago Marriott downtown
Brooke Ward 22 Atlanta, TX Marketing Representative
Christa Ackerman 21 New York, NY Cocktail waitress
Josie Goldberg[8] 24 Laguna Niguel, CA Math and Tennis Teacher;[8] former student at Loyola Marymount University
Kanisha Johnson[8] 25 Ontario, CA Leasing agent
Krista Krogman 23 Kelley, IA Accountant
Lisa Lewolt 21 Los Angeles, CA Singer/dancer/street performer
Stacey Feldman[9] 24 Owings Mills, MD Public relations agent
Stephanie Horn 23 Los Angeles, CA Jeweler

Episode summaries

"Goodbye City...Hello Country"

Original Airdate: April 30, 2008 Ten young women arrive at the farm to meet Matt, who takes them to see the chickens, revealing Stephanie's secret fear of them. Matt's mom takes them around the house, where Josie is openly disgusted by the 19th Century style. Matt announces that his neighbor needs a hand collecting chickens. Upon arrival Matt announces that this is going to be the first challenge. Kanisha and Krista tied with 10 chickens each, and have a "coop off". Kanisha finally wins with 14 chickens. Josie collects none, saying that it is beneath her, while Stephanie gets four, overcoming her fear of chickens.

Matt invites everyone for a hayride around the countryside. He asks Stephanie and Josie if they really want to be a farmer's wife. During the ride, Josie's reply provokes an argument between the girls and when they return she and Kanisha have an argument.

The girls prepare for the elimination and arguments continue between the other girls and Josie. Matt asks the girls (excluding Kanisha because she won the challenge) to stand behind a chicken with their name on it. Whoever's chicken does not have an egg underneath it is eliminated. Stephanie is ultimately eliminated because she did not fit in.

Matt decides to spend some alone time with one of the girls and picks Christa to go with him. The girls help her prepare for her date with Matt. He brings her to a small canopy and a bench and they talk. Lisa, Brooke and Amanda toilet paper Matt's truck but are caught by him and Christa. She is outraged because they ruined her "almost perfect" date and more arguments arise.

"Pigs & Cows & Sheep...Oh My"

Original Airdate: May 7, 2008 A romantic date between Matt and Stacey leads to some juicy gossip that is news to Matt. Back at the farm, Stacey and Lisa show their true colors around the pigs, and Matt takes the girls out for a wild night of bingo. At bingo, Josie insults the local bingo players; Matt smooths things over, but the group is embarrassed by Josie's attitude. At the local bar, Lisa and Brooke become "friendly" to the other local farmers, which causes Christa and the other girls to think that they are not interested in Matt, and are on the show for the wrong reasons. Josie is devastated about being eliminated, and refuses to leave. She makes a big scene demanding a "parting gift" from Matt. She finally leaves - without a gift.

"Wet 'n Wild"

Original Airdate: May 14, 2008


Original Airdate: May 28, 2008

"As Country as Apple Pie"

Original Airdate: June 4, 2008

"It's Show Time"

Original Airdate: June 11, 2008

"A Family Affair"

Original Airdate: June 18, 2008

"Farmer Picks a Wife"

Original Airdate: June 25, 2008

Elimination chart

Contestants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date Christa Stacey Amanda Kanisha Ashley Brooke Brooke,
Brooke Challenge
(Episode 8)
Christa Runner-up
(Episode 8)
Amanda Challenge
Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 7)
Kanisha Challenge
Btm 2 Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 7)
Ashley Btm 2 Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 6)
Lisa Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 5)
Stacey Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 4)
Krista Challenge
Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 3)
Josie Btm 2 Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 2)
Stephanie Btm 2 Eliminated
(Episode 1)

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18–49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" are the number of viewers, in million, watching at the time. "Rank" how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

# Episode Air Date Timeslot Rating Share 18-49 Viewers Weekly Rank
1 "Goodbye City...Hello Country" April 30, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.7 3 1.0/3 (#5) 2.37 (#5) 89/96
2 "Pigs & Cows & Sheeps...Oh My" May 7, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.5 2 1.0/3 (#5) 2.11 (#5) 90/97
3 "Wet 'n Wild" May 14, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.9/2 (#5) 1.96 (#5) 90/96
4 "Do-Si-Do" May 28, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.8 3 0.9/2 (#5) 2.44 (#5) 75/87
5 "As Country as Apple Pie" June 4, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.8/2 (#5) 2.01 (#5) 79/91
6 "It's Show Time" June 11, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.3 2 0.8/2 (#5) 2.04 (#5) 76/88
7 "A Family Affair" June 18, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.5 3 0.8/2 (#5) 2.00 (#5) TBA
8 "Farmer Picks a Wife" June 25, 2008 9:00 P.M. 1.6 3 1.0/3 (#5) 2.45 (#5) TBA


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