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'Bachelor' finale cuts into 'The Voice' but NBC wins night

Date March 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - While "The Voice" remained Monday night's top-rated program and pushed NBC to an overall victory, the season finale of "The Bachelor" stole a little bit of its heat. Meanwhile, Fox's new offering "Alcatraz" and NBC's musical series "Smash" felt dings in the ratings, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC came in first in ratings and total viewers Monday night, averaging a 4.2 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 11.9 million. "The Voice" at 8 took an 18 percent hit in the demographic for a 5.1/14, drawing 14.3 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched as well as best-rated program of the night. "Smash" at 10 was likewise down from last week with an 11 percent decrease, receiving a 2.4/6, with 7.1 million total viewers.

ABC was second place in the demo and total viewers with an average 3.0/8 and 9.3 million total viewers. The "Bachelor" finale at 8 was up 16 percent from last week, drawing a 2.5/6 with 9.1 million total viewers. The bad news for the series? Monday night was its lowest-rated finale ever, dropping 36 percent from last year's season swan song.

"The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" special at 10 also plunged from last year's telecast, dropping 30 percent to a 3.3/8 with 9.8 million total viewers. Still, with CBS in repeats for the evening, "The Bachelor" and "After the Final Rose" took the third and second place slots in the demo for the night, respectively.

Fox, in fourth place ratings and total viewers with an average 1.4/4 and 4.3 million, started the night with a "House" repeat at 8. "Alcatraz" at 9 slipped 11 percent in the demo versus last week, ticking down to a 1.6/4 with 5 million total viewers.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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