The Bachelor hit season highs and won its two-hour time slot for the second week in a row as the show got down to two contestants for its finale in two weeks.
The ABC program, starting at 8/7c, averaged more than 11.2 million viewers, and its ratings were tops among women 18-to-34 and 18-to-49 for the ninth straight week, according to Nielsen figures. Besides Brad Womack eliminating one of the three remaining women, the show also included the announcement of the new Dancing With the Stars roster.
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In the first hour of Monday's prime time, Fox's House
, another consistent performer, sheltered nearly 11 million viewers, beating How I Met Your Mother
(9.3 million) and Mad Love
(holding steady at 8 million) on CBS; Chuck
(5.3 million) on NBC; and 90210
(1.4 million) on the CW.At 9/8c, a Two and a Half Men
repeat had about the same viewership — 11.5 million — as last week, indicating that Charlie Sheen
's whirlwind media tour of ABC, NBC, TMZ, GQ and various radio shows and other outlets failed to spike interest in his sitcom. Fox's The Chicago Code
totaled nearly 8.1 million, and CW's Gossip Girl
drew 1.4 million.
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The Cape's last scheduled episode fluttered to 4.1 million viewers, while at 9:30, CBS' Mike & Molly drew 11.4 million.
In prime time's final hour, Hawaii Five-0 was a rerun and wound up uncharacteristically third with 7.2 million viewers, behind ABC's Castle with 10.1 million and NBC's Harry's Law with nearly 9.1 million.