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'Bachelor' Finale Hits Ratings High

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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After earning a narrow Monday night ratings victory last week, ABC shot ahead to take last night by a clear margin.

"Dancing With the Stars" (a 5.2 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49) had its highest rating since its premiere, dominating its time period. "Samantha Who?" (4.8) had its highest rating ever and "The Bachelor" finale (4.3) had its highest rating of the season.

CBS was second, with its comedy originals performing well: "How I Met Your Mother" (3.4), a "Big Bang" repeat (3.0), "Two and a Half Men" (5.1) and "Rules of Engagement" (4.3). At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" matched its highest rating of the season (4.9) and won its hour.

NBC's "Chuck" (3.1) was up a tick, but "Heroes" (5.0) and "Journeyman" (2.3) were down slightly.

Fox was a distant fourth, with a "House" repeat (2.6) not helping "K-Ville" (1.3).

The CW's comedy block was on the low side, averaging a 0.8 for the night.
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