Sunday night saw the season finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette (3.0/9), which was up 7% from last year’s August 1 finale as this year’s bachelorette Emily Maynard chose entrepreneur Jeff Holm over race-car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. The live Bachelorette: After The Final Rose (3.2/9 ) that aired at 10:02 PM was up 14% from last year. For CBS’ Big Brother (1.9/6), the news wasn’t so good: The reality series was down 17% from last Sunday. On Fox, there was Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and much more for the live Teen Choice 2012 (1.1/3) awards, flat from a year ago. On a weekend where news focused on The Dark Knight Rises shooting tragedy in Colorado, Dateline NBC (1.0/3) had a two-hour episode from 7-9 PM, the newsmagazine show was up 25% from last week. That was followed by a two-hour encore broadcast of America’s Got Talent (0.8/2). ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.
ABC began the night with a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.2/4). CBS began with a repeat of 60 Minutes (1.0/4) at 7 PM. The network’s night ended with repeats of The Mentalist at 9 PM (0.9/2) and 10 PM (0.9/2). Fox had repeats of The Simpsons (0.9/3) at 7 PM and Family Guy (1.2/4) at 7:30.