'This Is Us' astounds; 'Bachelor' makes ABC a player

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Mark Burnett's singing competition helped NBC to win Monday in total viewers, despite ABC's much ballyhooed, 22nd season finale of The Bachelor and Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s painful decision to dump Becca after proposing to her. The first After the Rose airing on Tuesday in 9 years scored for ABC, drawing a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 7.7 million viewers (Live+same day), on par with the three-hour Bachelor finale on Monday.

"This Is Us" nonetheless topped "The Bachelor" in the 9PM hour.

Both The Voice and This Is Us took a hit in the Bachelor face-off. That score was enough to narrowly top The Voice (2.1 adults) and tie typically dominant This Is Us for Tuesday bragging rights. More importantly for the network, the number of people tuning in that are aged between 18-49 - the demographic most important for advertisers - has remained strong. ABC finished the night with the finale of "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" reaching just 2.6 million. It outranked The Bachelor by 14 percent in the demo (2.4 vs. 2.1) and by more than 3.9 million viewers (11.5 million vs. 7.5 million).

Since then the numbers for The Bachelor have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for ABC, although they have mainly stayed above the 6million mark. The 10 PM medical drama held steady despite the erosion of its lead-in.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.7/7 and third in viewers with 6 million.

CBS | NCIS (12.8 mil/1.4) rose two tenths from last week's series low, while Bull (10 mil/1.1) and New Orleans (8.3 mil/0.9) were steady. CBS won the night in total viewers.

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