TV Ratings: 'Bachelor' Finale Dominates Monday

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday's finale of "The Bachelor" generated lots of outrage among viewers, but it also brought the show its biggest ratings since the early days of the franchise.

As a result, ABC led the night with a 10.6 rating/16 share. CBS took second with a 7.8/12. FOX, 6.5/9, came in third, a good ways ahead of NBC, 4.4/7. Reruns on The CW delivered a scant 0.8/1.

ABC also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.8 rating. CBS was a decent second at 4.1. FOX, 3.3, finished third, followed by NBC, 2.7, and The CW, 0.5.

The first hour of "The Bachelor" finale drew a 9.4/14 at 8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" each scored a 6.7/10 for CBS. The first half of a two-hour "24" earned a 6.1/9 for FOX, topping the 4.0/6 for "Chuck" on NBC. The CW ran a repeat of "Gossip Girl."

"The Bachelor" improved to 10.8/16 at 9 p.m. as Jason Mesnick chose Melissa as the recipient of his final rose, giving the show its biggest finale audience since November 2003. CBS stayed in second with "Two and a Half Men," 9.3/13, and the season premiere of "Rules of Engagement," 7.3/11. FOX improved to 6.9/10 with more "24." NBC's "Heroes" continued to scuffle with a 4.5/6. A "One Tree Hill" repeat ended the night for The CW.

At 10 p.m., "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" scored an 11.6/18 -- its best numbers ever -- as Mesnick changed his mind and asked for another shot with runner-up Molly. "CSI: Miami" scored an 8.5/14 for CBS, while "Medium" drew a 4.6/7 for NBC.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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