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'Bachelor' finale ratings rise

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ABC’s The Bachelor closed its season with a finale that posted ratings gains over last year. The two-hour episode was up 14 percent among adults 18-49 compared to last season’s finale, and marked the show’s highest-rated episode of the season. The gain isn’t surprising considering The Bachelor‘s whole 17th season run was stronger than last year’s edition. The network also points out that this season resulted in quadruple the number of tweets.

The After the Final Rose special once again showcased The Bachelor‘s unique pattern of generating a bigger rating for its post-finale special than for the actual finale. The special was up 15 percent from last year.

ABC also announced that former Bachelor Sean Lowe has been added to the upcoming edition of Dancing With the Stars, and that Bach fan favorite Desiree Hartsock will be this summer’s Bachelorette. Full finale recap here.

Elsewhere: Fox’s The Following dipped after weeks of steadiness, probably due to having a Bones repeat. CBS’ Rules of Engagement hit a season low. NBCs The Biggest Loser hit a low.

Full Chart:

FOX 8-9P BONES R #10t 1.2 4,847
9-10P FOLLOWING #3 2.6 7,989
ABC 8-10P BACHELOR #2 3.3 9,987
10-11P AFTER ROSE S #1 3.8 11,007
CBS 8:00P HIMYM R #8 1.5 5,257
8:30P RULES OF ENGAGE #4 2.0 6,985
9:00P 2BROKE GIRLS R #6 1.7 6,233
9:30P MIKE&MOLLY R #7 1.6 6,227
10-11P HAWAII 5-0 R #9 1.4 6,763
NBC 8-10P BIGGEST LOSER #5 1.9 5,562
10-11P DECEPTION #10t 1.2 3,336
CW 8-9P CARRIE DIARIES #12 0.4 1,116
9-10P 90210 #13 0.2 683