9:11am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Bachelor' Finale Surges Double Digits From Last Season
ABC enjoyed a healthy margin of victory over the rest of the broadcast networks on Monday night, averaging a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers for the primetime block. The season finale of The Bachelor brought in a 3.3 adults rating in Fast National returns, up four tenths of a point (14 percent) from last year's ender. The After the Final Rose special, which got a slightly late start at around 10:07 p.m., pulled a 3.8 rating with adults. It was up half a point, roughly 15 percent.
An encore of Bones gave The Following (2.6 adults) a considerably softer lead than it's seen since its premiere. Still, the drama was only off two tenths of a point from last week, giving Fox an average 1.9 rating in the demo and 6.4 million viewers.
The Biggest Loser (1.9 adults) hit another season low on NBC, shedding three tenths of a point from last week. Deception (1.2 adults) was up by a tenth of a point. The network averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers.
Rules of Engagement (2.0 adults) was the only original offering on CBS. It was off two tenths of a point from last week for a new season low. The network averaged a 1.6 rating with adults and 6.4 million viewers.
On The CW, an even Carrie Diaries (0.4 adults) led into 90210 (0.2 adults) -- the outgoing drama was down a tenth of a point to tie a series low. The CW averaged a 0.3 adults rating and 900,000 viewers.
Univision pulled a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers.