For Brad Womack, it came down to Emily Maynard and Chantal O'Brien.
For TV viewers, it came down to whether Bachelor Brad was going to be forgiven for being such a tease the last time out.
We know how Brad went. How'd you go?
You went for Brad 2.0.
Last night's Bachelor finale--in which Womack got off his butt, and got down on his knee to propose to Maynard--averaged an estimated 13.8 million. The post-finale special was even bigger, with nearly 14 million viewers. Both shows were easily Monday's most-watched programs.
For the franchise, the finale was a bit of a comedown from last year's Jake Pavelka mess. Pavelka's two-hour closer averaged about 14.2 million gawkers.
But for Womack, the performance was vindication. The ring-bearing Brad 2.0 scored about two million more viewers than 2007's commitment-avoiding Brad 1.0.
Other TV ratings winners--and losers:
- CBS' Monday night: CBS' comedies did not rerun very well last night, but Two and a Half Men reran the best (9.8 million).
- The Big Bang Theory: With Two and a Half Men in reruns for the rest of the season (and perhaps for the rest of time), Big Bang (also on CBS) is cleaning up as TV's new most-watched sitcom. The latest episode (12.1 million) was also the TV week's No. 1 half-hour show in the 18-49 demo.
- Gwyneth Paltrow: Arguably, the Academy Award winner wasn't as much of a kick the second time around on Glee, but her numbers were. "Sexy" averaged nearly 12 million, up from November's "The Substitute" (11.7 million). Overall, it was Glee's most-watched episode of the season outside of the Britney Spears extravaganza (and, of course, the post-Super Bowl special).
- America's Next Top Model: On one hand, Wednesday's installment of Top Model was the CW reality show's most-watched show of the year. On the other hand, that kind of boast used to add up to a whole lot more than 2.3 million viewers. Wah-wah.
- The Apprentice: The stars are back, and so is the crazy--and so are the ratings. Sunday's Lisa Rinna-eliminating episode of The Apprentice was up over the series' season opener (8.1 million versus 7.9 million).
- Chopped: The Food Network's best-kept secret is out. The mystery-basket show's all-star edition was a Top 20 prime-time cable show in the latest rankings, with 3.5 million hungry viewers.