The Bachelorette Wins Monday -- On Its Own
It didn't have the penultimate edition of Dancing With The Stars as a lead-in, but ABC's two-hour The Bachelorette Nevertheless drew solid ratings Monday night. With an average of 7.1 million viewers -- peaking in the final half hour with nearly 8 million -- the show walloped mostly rerun competition from the other major networks. ABC also drew similar ratings for its new Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition , which followed at 10 00 p.m . In fact, ratings for the new show actually increased slightly in the second half hour. The only other new show to air Monday night was NBC's Law And Order Criminal Intent (actually the episode had aired previously on cable's USA Network). It finished third in the 9 00 p.m. hour with 5.21 million viewers. A repeat of the canceled Law & Order Los Angeles followed with 6.47 million viewers. CBS, which once dominated Monday nights -- even in repeats -- struggled to remain in second place as it averaged 5.48 million viewers, only slightly ahead of NBC's 5.17 million. Fox was a distant third with 3.32 million viewers.