The season finale of "The Bachelorette
" was down significantly from last summer's finale, both overall and among young viewers, but it still ruled all three primetime hours for ABC.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.7 rating for the night, beating FOX's 2.3 rating in the key demographic. CBS was far back with a 1.1 rating. NBC averaged a 0.7 rating, while The CW averaged a 0.2 rating.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 9.44 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share for Monday night. That was far ahead of the 3.2/5 and 5.405 million viewers for FOX. CBS was third with a 3.0/5 and 4.44 million viewers, beating the 2.4/4 and 3.62 million viewers for NBC. The CW attracted 504,000 viewers for the night.
[For perspective, the full three-hour "Bachelorette" finale block last summer averaged over 11.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC.]
8 p.m. -
The first hour of ABC's "Bachelorette" finale averaged 8.99 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen
" was a distant second overall with 5.45 million viewers and also averaged a 2.4 rating in the key demographic. NBC's "America's Got Talent" repeat averaged 4.45 million viewers to beat the 3.9 million for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" and "Mike & Molly." The CW's "Gossip Girl" averaged 532,000 viewers.
9 p.m. - The "Bachelorette" finale was up to 10.02 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating in its second hour for ABC. FOX stayed second with the 5.36 million viewers and 2.3 key demo rating for "MasterChef." CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly" averaged 5.02 million viewers for third, with NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" averaging 3.245 million in fourth. On The CW, "One Tree Hill" averaged an impressively low 475,000 viewers (and even pulled a "0" share among adults 18-49).
10 p.m. - The "Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" special drew 9.31 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating for ABC in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" averaged 4.40 million, bettering NBC's 3.155 million for "Harry's Law."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.