Fast National ratings for Monday, March 2, 2009.

CBS aired a full slate of new episodes. FOX aired a berserk two-hour "24." But it was the finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" that dew the biggest audience on Monday night.

It wasn't even close.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's three hours of "The Bachelor" drew a 5.8 rating, beating CBS' 4.1 rating in the key demographic. FOX was third with a 3.3 rating and NBC's 2.7 rating took fourth. The CW was last with a 0.5 rating.

Overall, Jason Mesnick's "Bachelor" farewell averaged an estimated 16.13 million viewers for ABC, plus a 10.6 rating/16 share. CBS' 7.8/12 and FOX's 6.5/9 followed. NBC's 4.4/7 was good enough for fourth, topping the 0.8/1 for The CW.

In the 8 p.m. hour, ABC's "The Bachelor" took the hour with a 9.4/14. CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" averaged a 6.7/10 for second. The first hour of "24" on FOX had a 6.1/9 for third. "Chuck" had a 4.0/6 for NBC. Fifth place went to a "Gossip Girl" repeat on The CW.

ABC stayed in the lead at 9 p.m. with "The Bachelor" improving to a 10.8/16. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (9.3/13) and the season premiere of "Rules of Engagement" (7.3/11) were second. FOX's "24" took third, improving slightly in its second hour. NBC's "Heroes" had a 4.5/6 for fourth, while a "One Tree Hill" repeat on The CW was fifth.

"The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" had an 11.6/18 for ABC in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "CSI: Miami" was down to an 8.5/14, while NBC's "Medium also struggled against Mesnick and company.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

 

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