Sean Lowe has chosen his bride-to-be and America seems to approve. Watched by 9.99 million viewers as Lowe picked Catherine Giudici, the two-hour Season 17 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor (3.3/9) last night was up 14% from last year’s season ender. (It is worth noting that The Bachelor Season 16 finale went head to head with NBC’s The Voice last March.) Last night’s finale was up 18% from The Bachelor’s two-hour March 4 show. The Bachelor: After The Final Rose (3.8/10) was also up double digits. With 11.01 million total viewers, the post-series special rose 13% from last year. After debuting on January 7 with its lowest-rated season premiere to date, the reality series ended up having a solid season this year, up in viewership and all key demographics. The Bachelor last night actually went from 8-10:07 PM, with After The Final Rose running from 10:07-11 PM, so expect greater than usual adjustment in the final numbers later today. Hitting its highest-rated Monday since September 19, 2011, ABC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic.
NBC aired a two-hour episode of The Biggest Loser (1.9/5) on Tuesday, with the show falling 14% from last week a season low. It wasn’t all downer news for the network: Following Loser was Deception (1.2/3), and the freshman soap drama bopped up 9% from its March 4 show.
Fox started the night with a Bones (1.2/4) repeat. Without the benefit of a Bones original lead-in, The Following (2.6/7) slipped 7% from last week’s broadcast.
CBS was all repeats except for a new Rules Of Engagement (2.0/6). Falling for the second week in a row without an original How I Met Your Mother as a lead-in, the show was down 9% to hit a season low.
The CW had new episodes of The Carrie Diaries (0.4/1) and the now-cancelled 90210 (0.2/1). The former was even with last week while the latter slid a tenth from last week.