By Lynette Rice
Updated August 03, 2010 at 05:05 PM EDT

More than 11.5 million people tuned in to see Ali make her choice on the sixth season finale of The Bachelorette on Monday, giving ABC its best performance for the franchise since 2004. The Bachelorette was up over its year-ago finale by 1.6 million (11.6 million versus 10 million) and up 6% among adults 18-49.

The finale was Monday’s top-rated show among adults 18-49 for the eighth week in a row. As expected, ABC won the night in viewers (11.5 million).

CBS aired repeats of its comedies on Monday but still finished second for the night among viewers (6.4 million). Fox ran originals of Lie to Me and The Good Guys, which helped the network to rank No. 3 among adults 18-49 and viewers (4.6 million). After a repeat of America’s Got Talent, NBC ran an original of Last Comic Standing – which tied as its lowest-rated telecast ever in the demographic – and an original of Dateline. The network finished the night in fourth place among viewers (4.5 million).