The Bachelorette is going steady again — that is, its ratings are.
ABC's dating show averaged 8.04 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. ET — 9 percent higher than last week, apparently boosted by Bentley's return. The show's ratings fell 23 percent in Week 2 after Season 7 premiered with 9.27 million viewers, but after six weeks it's roughly kept on an even keel. For the fifth straight week, it was Monday night's most-watched show.
Against the second hour of The Bachelorette at 9/8c, Fox's MasterChef managed 5.02 million viewers.
In the final prime-time hour, a first-run episode of the canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles eked out a win over ABC's Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, 6.40 million to 6.39 million, although Makeover won in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demo, 2.3 to 1.5. A rerun of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 grabbed 5.87 million (1.2 demo rating).
CBS stuck with reruns of its comedies starting at 8/7c — back-to-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother (4.18 million and 3.85 million), Two and a Half Men (6.02 million ) and Mike & Molly (5.60 million).
And the numbers are in for Sunday's return of HBO's True Blood — 5.42 million viewers, just shy of the series record 5.44 million for Season 3's next-to-last episode.
Also, Spanish-language Univision on Tuesday touted the fact that it was the nation's most-watched network Saturday night, when it carried the U.S.-Mexico Gold Cup soccer final, averaging 7.98 million people — just a little less than the 8.05 million who watched Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on NBC two weeks ago.