March 03, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

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.

 

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (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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