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.
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).
In the first hour of Monday's prime time, Fox's House 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 NBC and 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 Men repeat got nearly 9.8 million viewers. Fox's The Chicago Code totaled 7.3 million, and a repeat of CW's Gossip Girl drew 502,000, while at 9:30, a rerun of CBS' Mike & Molly lured 8.5 million.
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 Law — NBC'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.