'Bachelor: After the Rose' Wins Hour

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The denial of a manufactured, reality storybook ending for ABC's "The Bachelor" has fans enraged. The network likewise reportedly wasn't pleased that Bachelor Brad choose "none of the above" for its finale. That the ending was a brilliant surprise now generating the most discussion in years about the veteran reality show seems to be getting overlooked.

Some viewers claim they're going to boycott the show, but there was no evidence of channel flipping last night. "Bachelor: After the Rose" won the 10 p.m. hour and tied for being the highest-rated "After the Rose" ever.

Overall, Fox led the evening, but was down slightly week to week, with "Bones" (a 3.0 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49) and "House" (6.8).

ABC was second with "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (3.3) and "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown" (3.5), both improving on last year's performance. The "Dancing With the Stars" finale hit a season high (4.9), then "After the Rose" (4.1).

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was on par (3.1) and "Law & Order: SVU" hit a season low (3.9) up against "Rose."

Though in third place, CBS's "NCIS" won the 8 p.m. hour (3.7), followed by an average "The Unit" (3.0) and "Cane" (2.0). The CW had "Beauty and the Geek" (1.2) and a "Reaper" repeat (0.8).
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