Five-Year Ratings High for 'The Bachelor' Finale
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
If it was intense TV drama that The Bachelor showrunners are looking for, then they've got it.  15.5 million people watched Jason Mesnick pick Melissa Rycroft in New Zealand during the show's season finale Monday night, its highest ratings in five years. Meanwhile, two million more tuned in for the After the Final Rose special where Mesnick subsequently ripped Melissa's heart and stepped on it with glee for a grand total of 17.5 million, leading ABC's victory for the night.

The Bachelor handily trumped the premiere of Jimmy Fallon’s debut in the late night slot, as well as CSI: Miami, 24, and Two and a Half Men, perennial ratings leaders.

- Glenn Paul Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: New York Times
(Image courtesy of ABC)