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The finale of The Bachelorette was easily the highest demo rated show on Monday night, lifting ABC to the nightly win with an overall 3.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. There was more good news for the Mouse as the second outing of Dating in the Dark held steady from its premiere rating.

Last night’s Bachelorette finale averaged a 3.4 rating for adults 18-49. That matched the show’s 2008 summer finale rating. Quite an accomplishment in today’s broadcast environment.

Dating in the Dark’s 2.5 demo rating was identical to last week’s premiere, which is good news for ABC. Although this week’s half hours were split 2.7 and 2.3, so there may be erosion in the future.

NBC was the only other broadcaster to go with new shows last night and they got crushed. Great American Road Trip continued to sputter along with just a 1.o demo rating. The second, and final!, episode of The Wanted might just be the least wanted NBC new episode ever with just a 0.5 demo rating. I will see what my historical information yields. Update: How could I forget how dreadfully Kings has done!

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Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers (million)
8:00 ABC The Bachelorette (finale) 3.0 10 2.8 10 8.850
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.7 6 1.3 5 5.172
FOX House (repeat) 1.4 5 1.3 5 4.207
NBC Great American Road Trip 1.0 3 0.6 2 3.562
CW One Tree Hill (repeat) 0.4 1 0.3 1 0.959
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (repeat) 1.8 6 1.3 4 5.210
9:00 ABC The Bachelorette (finale) 3.9 11 3.7 11 11.007
CBS Two And A Half Men (repeat) 2.6 7 1.7 5 8.932
FOX Lie To Me (repeat) 1.4 4 1.2 4 4.233
NBC The Wanted (finale) 0.5 1 0.3 1 2.174
CW Gossip Girl (repeat) 0.3 1 0.4 1 0.773
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (repeat) 2.7 7 1.6 5 8.264
10:00 ABC Dating in the Dark 2.5 7 2.3 7 6.360
CBS CSI:Miami (repeat) 2.0 6 1.5 5 7.988
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 3 0.4 1 3.952

All numbers are Live+SD.

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