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"The Bachelor" Finale Pulls in 10 Million Viewers

ABC/Dave Hagerman(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's ratings on Monday night were rosy, thanks to the season finale of The Bachelor.

The two-hour episode, in which "The Bachelor" Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici and turned aside runner-up Lindsay Yenter, was seen by 10 million viewers, according to Variety.

It was followed by the After the Final Rose special, which actually drew a bigger audience: 11 million viewers.  The special featured Lowe, Giudici and Yenter, plus the newly-introduced "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock.

The totals are slightly misleading, since the Bachelor season finale didn't technically end until 10:07 p.m. Eastern time.

The most popular primetime program for the week ending Sunday was the CBS hit NCIS, which attracted 20.8 million viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by Fox, ABC, Univision, NBC, Telemundo, ION Television and the CW.

Here are the top 10 primetime network and cable programs for the week of March 4-10, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 20.81 million
2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.63 million
3. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 16.24 million
4. Person of Interest, CBS, 14.57 million
5. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.54 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.12 million
7. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 12.84 million
8. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 11.72 million
9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.58 million
10. The Walking Dead, AMC, 11.46 million

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