A huge night for The Bachelor finale and ABC, led ABC to a win in viewers and in both demos.  Meanwhile the CBS  Monday night comedy block was strong and Rules of Engagement returned.  Two hours of 24 could do no better than 3rd both in viewers and among 18-49s.

The Bachelor performance for the season is impressive.  It’s rare where you see an older franchise pick up steam to the point where by the finale it was like lightening in a bottle.   The numbers for  The Bachelor: After the Finale Rose are downright eye-popping.

I’ll let you talk amongst yourselves as far as Chuck, Heroes and Medium.

Last Monday’s overnight results.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC The Bachelor: Finale 14.34 4.9/12 4.7/12
CBS The Big Bang Theory 10.94 3.9/10 2.9/8
FOX 24 10.41 3.1/8 2.6/7
NBC Chuck 6.59 2.4/6 1.8/5
CW Gossip Girl (R) 1.13 0.5/1 0.6/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 11.08 4.2/10 3.3/9
9:00 ABC The Bachelor: Finale 16.57 6.0/13 5.6/13
CBS Two and a Half Men 15.42 4.9/11 3.0/8
FOX 24 11.80 3.5/8 2.8/7
NBC Heroes 7.04 3.2/7 3.2/8
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.98 0.5/1 0.5/1
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (season premiere) 11.86 3.9/9 2.2/5
10:00 ABC The Bachelor: After the Final Rose 17.47 6.7/16 6.1/16
CBS CSI: Miami 13.31 3.8/9 2.6/7
NBC Medium 7.28 2.4/6 1.7/4
8:00 FOX 24 10.30 3.0/8 2.6/7
8:30 FOX 24 10.52 3.1/7 2.5/7
9:00 FOX 24 11.63 3.4/8 2.7/7
9:30 FOX 24 11.96 3.5/8 2.9/7

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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