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Ratings: The Bachelor Engages a Season High, Though Down from Last Year

The Bachelor engaged the most viewers during its finale. Monday night's two-hour culmination of Brad Womack's search for a wife averaged 13.8 million viewers — with 14.9 million watching the end. The show was a steady ratings performer during its 15th season and hit season highs with the finale. However, the season-ender declined 15 percent against last year's conclusion in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 demographic, earning a 4.5 rating.

Douglas J Rowe

The Bachelorengaged the most viewers during its finale.

Monday night's two-hour culmination of Brad Womack's search for a wife averaged 13.8 million viewers — with 14.9 million watching the end. The show was a steady ratings performer during its 15th season and hit season highs with the finale. However, the season-ender declined 15 percent against last year's conclusion in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 demographic, earning a 4.5 rating.

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After the Final Rose kept 13.9 million people around, but it, too, fell in the demo — down 11 percent to a 4.7.

Consequently, ABC handily outpaced the other networks for the night (albeit all but one of CBS' shows were repeats).

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In the first hour of Monday's prime time, Fox'sHouse was visited by some 10.3 million viewers, beating a rerun of How I Met Your Mother(6.1 million) and a fresh episode of Mad Love (6.5 million) on CBS, Chuck(nearly 5 million) on NBCand a 90210 rerun (732,000) on the CW. Mad Love and Chuck also hit series lows in the adult demo.

At 9/8c, a Two and a Half Menrepeat got nearly 9.8 million viewers. Fox's The Chicago Code totaled 7.3 million, and a repeat of CW's Gossip Girldrew 502,000, while at 9:30, a rerun of CBS' Mike & Molly lured 8.5 million.

Ratings: The Event isn't an event

During the same hour, The Event showed that it could adopt Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" as its theme. It attracted just 4.2 million viewers a week after the show came back from hiatus to an underwhelming audience of 5.3 million.

Against After the Final Rose in prime time's final hour, Harry's LawNBC's top-rated show at No. 20 in the latest weekly rankings — appealed to nearly 10 million viewers, while a rerun of CBS' Hawaii Five-0  drew 7.3 million.