ABC’s The Bachelorette capped a strong season with its highest-rated finale in 6 years. Last night’s two-hour closer drew 11.6 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/11 share among adults 18-49, up 6% from last summer’s finale and for the best finale numbers since 2004 when the reality series aired in-season and the finale was in February. Overall, this was Bachelorette‘s most watched season since 2004. The Bachelorette: After the Rose Ceremony special (3.8/11) was up 36% from last year when the special aired a day after the finale.
NBC’s Last Comic Standing (1.6/4) and Dateline (1.3/4) were down 6% and 24%, respectively, from last week. Fox’s Lie to Me (1.8/6) and The Good Guys (1.2/3) were up by 13% and 10%, respectively. CBS aired all repeats led by The Big Bang Theory (2.5/7). ABC easily won the night with a 3.7/11 and 11.5 million viewers.