By Tim Stack
Updated March 03, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST
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The dramatic season finale of ABC’s The Bachelor dominated the Monday night ratings, according to preliminary overnight results. The two-hour final episode earned an impressive 15.5 million viewers while the After the Rose special scored a knockout 17.5 million. It was the network’s highest ratings in the adults 18-49 demographic in two and a half years. Meanwhile, CBS’ welcomed back the David Spade sitcom Rules of Engagement to a decent 11.9 million.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8pm

The Bachelor (ABC)
24 (Fox)
Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Chuck (NBC)
Gossip Girl (The CW)

15.5
11.1
10.9
6.6
1.0 (repeat)

8:30pm

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

11.1

9pm

Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Heroes (NBC)
One Tree Hill (The CW)

15.4
7.1
1.0 (repeat)

9:30pm

Rules of Engagement (CBS)

11.9

10pm

The Bachelor: After the Rose (ABC)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Medium (NBC)

17.5
13.3
7.3

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