Monday Night (8-11pm): Hitting a Monday season high in young adults, with the season finale of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love and the After the Final Rose special, ABC stood as Monday’s #1 network in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, beating runner-up CBS’ all-original schedule by 2.0 million viewers (14.8 million vs. 12.8 million) and by 23% in Adults 18-49 (5.3/14 vs. 4.3/11).
ABC posted its highest-rated Monday among Adults 18-49 in 1 year – since 3/2/09.
The Bachelor Season Finale (8-10pm): ABC’s 14th season finale of The Bachelor won its time period, topping second-place CBS’ original Monday comedy block by 1.8 million viewers (15.0 million vs. 13.2 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (5.2/13 vs. 4.7/12).
In addition, the ABC unscripted show ranked #1 against regular competition in its 2-hour time period in Adults 18-34 for the 7th week running and qualified as Monday’s #1 TV series among Women 18-34 on all 9 telecasts this season.
On average during its 14th season run, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love attracted an average audience of 12.0 million viewers, up over last season’s 11.5 million, generating the biggest overall audience for the franchise since Fall 2003 – going back 10 seasons/cycles.
The Bachelor: After the Final Rose (10-11pm): The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love: After the Final Rose dominated the 10 o’clock hour in Total Viewers (14.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (5.4/14), finishing well ahead of CBS’ CSI: Miami (12.1 million & 3.4/9) and the second hour of NBC’s 2-hour Law & Order (7.9 million and 2.1/6). In viewers and young adults, The Bachelor: After the Final Rose posted the special’s 2nd-highest numbers ever.
Please Note: The Bachelor finale ran until 10:05pm, so the numbers will adjust upward in the final National ratings this afternoon.
(source: information provided by ABC)