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Ratings: 'Bachelor' premiere finds viewer love

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The season premiere of ABC’s The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premiered to a lovely 9.5 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings. But, in terms of total viewers, the night was won by Fox’s coverage of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl which notched a strong 13.1 million. Elsewhere, the return of NBC’s Heroes only managed a weak 4.9 million eyes.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8pm Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Fox)

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC)

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

Heroes (NBC)

One Tree Hill (The CW)

13.1

9.5

7.0 (repeat)

4.9

1.3 (repeat)

8:30pm Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) 6.7 (repeat)
9pm Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Gossip Girl (The CW)

12.0 (repeat)

0.8 (repeat)

9:30pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 10.9 (repeat)
10pm CSI: Miami (CBS)

Conveyor Belt of Love (ABC)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

10.0 (repeat)

6.5

4.8

Source: Nielsen