Ratings: 'The Bachelor' finale strong, notches ABC's top Monday in two years

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ABC's "The Bachelor" ended its season on a strong note Monday, rising vs. its year-ago finale in several categories and dominating all programs on the night in the younger half of the key 18-49 demo. NBC's "The Voice" still emerged as the No. 1 series of the night in broad categories, and its "Blindspot" held steady despite tougher competition to stand as top dog in demos among scripted shows.

Looking at the preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC won Monday in adults 18-49 behind the two-hour season finale of "The Bachelor" (2.8 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and the post-game special "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" (2.7/9 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall). The two-hour main finale matched last year's 18-49 rating, and appears poised to out-rate it in the final nationals due this afternoon from Nielsen.

For the night, the Alphabet was up a tick vs. last year in both adults 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.7) and 18-34 (2.6 vs. 2.5) for its best Monday averages in two years (since the March 2014 finale of "The Bachelor").

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THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2010' - The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Ben Higgin's journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life, having narrowed down the field to two women - Jo Jo and Lauren B.- both of whom he told that he loved them. Who does Ben, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Matt Dunn/ABC via Getty Images)'nBEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2010' - The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Ben Higgin's journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life, having narrowed down the field to two women - Jo Jo and Lauren B.- both of whom he told that he loved them. Who does Ben, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Matt Dunn/ABC via Getty Images)'nJOJO
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2010' - The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience as Ben Higgin's journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion. The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life, having narrowed down the field to two women - Jo Jo and Lauren B.- both of whom he told that he loved them. Who does Ben, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? Find out on the season finale of 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, MARCH 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Matt Dunn/ABC via Getty Images)'nLAUREN B.
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Levy Moroshan/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN B., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Levy Moroshan/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN B., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Scott Evans/ABC via Getty Images) CAILA, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Scott Evans/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, CAILA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Scott Evans/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, CAILA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Greg Zibilski/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Greg Zibilski/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2008' - The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women's hometowns. Ben travels to Orange County, CA to meet Amanda, the single mother with two adorable little girls, but her concerned parents wonder if he is ready to be an immediate full-time dad. Lauren B. shows Ben around her hometown of Portland, OR, but he must face serious questions from her sister. Caila shares some places with Ben that she holds near and dear to her in Hudson, OH; however, her father subjects the Bachelor to a grilling to see if he is worthy of his daughter. Finally, Ben is off to Dallas to meet Jo Jo, only to find her in tears as an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their romance. Ben must make a gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to three women. Will one of them be his wife? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Greg Zibilski/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) JOELLE, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) JOELLE, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) JOELLE, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN B., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN B., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2007' -Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jean Whiteside/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN B., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN H., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN H., BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) CHEF LULA MARTIN DEL CAMPO, CHEF NICOLAS MARTIN DEL CAMPO, LAUREN B.
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, JOELLE, BECCA, LEAH, CAILA, EMILY, JENNIFER
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) CHEF NICOLAS MARTIN DEL CAMPO, LEAH, CAILA
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2005' - The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags? 'The Bachelor' airs MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eniac Martinez/ABC via Getty Images) OLIVIA, BEN HIGGINS, BECCA, JOELLE, EMILY, JUBILEE, LAUREN B., JENNIFER
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2004' - Ben and his bachelorettes all are willing to gamble on love in 'Sin City,' as he escorts the remaining 14 women to Las Vegas. JoJo, whose chemistry with Ben is off the charts, joins the Bachelor for a tour of the glittering Las Vegas strip by helicopter. Versatile singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impersonator Terry Fator invites 12 of the ladies to be his opening act. What special talents will they display? Becca is thrown off guard when her date card is accompanied by a wedding dress. Her arrival at the 'Little White Wedding Chapel' is met with an intriguing proposal from Ben. The twins, Haley and Emily, get a special date with the Bachelor. Olivia continues to irritate the other women, but will her annoying habits get her a rose? Eleven women remain, hoping to get a proposal from Ben and everlasting love, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/ABC via Getty Images) BECCA, BEN HIGGINS
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2004' - Ben and his bachelorettes all are willing to gamble on love in 'Sin City,' as he escorts the remaining 14 women to Las Vegas. JoJo, whose chemistry with Ben is off the charts, joins the Bachelor for a tour of the glittering Las Vegas strip by helicopter. Versatile singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impersonator Terry Fator invites 12 of the ladies to be his opening act. What special talents will they display? Becca is thrown off guard when her date card is accompanied by a wedding dress. Her arrival at the 'Little White Wedding Chapel' is met with an intriguing proposal from Ben. The twins, Haley and Emily, get a special date with the Bachelor. Olivia continues to irritate the other women, but will her annoying habits get her a rose? Eleven women remain, hoping to get a proposal from Ben and everlasting love, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/ABC via Getty Images) BECCA, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2003' - The stunning departure of Lauren, L.B., who refused Ben's rose, set the Bachelor back on his heels momentarily, but there are 17 women, who are anxious to spend time with him. Lauren B. and Ben soar in a bi-plane to a secluded spot where a hot tub waits, as well as a romantic dinner followed by a private performance by Lucy Angel, one of the Bachelor's favorite music groups. Twelve ladies are involved in an intense soccer competition, coached by Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. Jubilee is in for a real treat as she and Ben share a romantic tryst at an exclusive spa. However, real-life events intercede, and Ben gets tragic news from home. Can he overcome both the real-life drama and the women's emotional confrontations with each other to pick the right bachelorettes to continue with him? - on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00--10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2003' - The stunning departure of Lauren, L.B., who refused Ben's rose, set the Bachelor back on his heels momentarily, but there are 17 women, who are anxious to spend time with him. Lauren B. and Ben soar in a bi-plane to a secluded spot where a hot tub waits, as well as a romantic dinner followed by a private performance by Lucy Angel, one of the Bachelor's favorite music groups. Twelve ladies are involved in an intense soccer competition, coached by Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. Jubilee is in for a real treat as she and Ben share a romantic tryst at an exclusive spa. However, real-life events intercede, and Ben gets tragic news from home. Can he overcome both the real-life drama and the women's emotional confrontations with each other to pick the right bachelorettes to continue with him? - on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00--10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2003' - The stunning departure of Lauren, L.B., who refused Ben's rose, set the Bachelor back on his heels momentarily, but there are 17 women, who are anxious to spend time with him. Lauren B. and Ben soar in a bi-plane to a secluded spot where a hot tub waits, as well as a romantic dinner followed by a private performance by Lucy Angel, one of the Bachelor's favorite music groups. Twelve ladies are involved in an intense soccer competition, coached by Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. Jubilee is in for a real treat as she and Ben share a romantic tryst at an exclusive spa. However, real-life events intercede, and Ben gets tragic news from home. Can he overcome both the real-life drama and the women's emotional confrontations with each other to pick the right bachelorettes to continue with him? - on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00--10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA K., BEN HIGGINS
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN H., LACE, JUBILEE, JACQUELINE, JOELLE, BECCA
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN BARR, JENNIFER
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) JAMI, AMANDA K., BEN HIGGINS
BACHELOR - 'Episode 2002' - Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of 'Ride Along 2,' to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 11(8:00-10:01p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) JACQUELINE, CHRIS HARRISON, LACE, JUBILEE, AMANDA K, JAMI, BEN HIGGINS
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2001' - One by one, the gorgeous bachelorettes are prepared to make a lasting first impression. The stakes are high as the long, stressful first night winds down and it's time for the first rose ceremony of the season. Twenty-one lucky women will continue their journey to win Ben's heart, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
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Perhaps most telling was dominance among the 18-34 crowd for "The Bachelor" (2.7/11) over "The Voice' (1.8/7), with its 50% margin of victory up significantly over last year's 4% edge (2.6 vs. 2.5). "The Voice" still prevailed head to head in most other categories, including by 7% in 18-49 (3.0 vs. 2.8) 21% in adults 25-54 (4.1 vs. 3.3) and by 28% in total viewers (12.2 million vs. 9.5 million).

"The Bachelor" has been a shining light for ABC during what has otherwise been a rough winter ratings-wise. The program also continues to be an attractive option for advertisers, ranking No. 4 among all primetime broadcast series — and the No. 1 reality program — among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100,000+ annual income. According to Nielsen estimates prior to last night's finale, only "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "The X-Files" rank higher on this list.

The 10 p.m. "After the Final Rose" special, in which host Chris Harrison revealed the name of this summer's leading lady on "The Bachelorette," dominated its time period. In 18-49, it beat NBC's "Blindspot" by 59% and CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" by 108%, and it also led all networks at 10 p.m. in total viewers.

Despite the week-to-week gains for ABC (up 56% in 18-49), NBC's "The Voice" (3.0/10 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) and "Blindspot" (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) held up well. Despite the start of Daylight Saving Time and the tougher "Bachelor" competition, "The Voice" was within 6% of last week's average, while "Blindspot" retained 100% of its week-ago score. "Blindspot," whose last week's episode grew in Live+3 by 64% in 18-49 rating (1.71 to 2.80) and by 3.5 million total viewers (6.6 million to 10.1 million), could gain even more this week since it aired opposite the "After the Final Rose" special, which is a big live draw.

Elsewhere, Fox's tandem of "Gotham" (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and "Lucifer" (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) fell to season lows, as did CBS' "Supergirl" (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall). CBS' "Scorpion" matched its season low (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), but the net's "NCIS: Los Angeles" (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) was up a tick over its prior original of two weeks ago.

CW aired repeats of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall).

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