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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., March 2) -- rosy ratings for The Bachelor

ABC's tear-stained finale of The Bachelor and a followup "After the Rose" hour drew prime-time's biggest overall audiences Monday.

But CBS won the first 90-minutes among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds with its usual trio of sitcoms.

The Bachelor, in which weepy Jason Mesnick initially gave his final rose to North Texan Melissa Rycroft, amassed 279,006 D-FW viewers from 8 to 10 p.m., losing only to CBS' Two and a Half Men (332,150 viewers).

The after-show, in which an even weepier Mesnick sacked Rycroft in favor of the previously jilted Molly Malaney, upped ABC's haul to 385,294 viewers, beating a new episode of CBS' usually dominant CSI: Miami (332,150 viewers).

In the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Two and a Half Men, plus fellow CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, outdrew Bachelor from 7 to 8:30 p.m. But the return of CBS' Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami slipped to second for the rest of the night.

Fox's two-hour 24, in which terrorists overran the White House and captured both the president and Jack Bauer, ran fourth in total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour (with NBC's Chuck finishing third) and third at 8 p.m. (ahead of NBC's Heroes). It was the same order of finish among 18-to-49-year-olds.

In local news derby results, WFAA8 held most of its Bachelor lead-in audience to whip runnerup CBS11 in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 continued its winning ways at 6 a.m. with comfortable margins over Fox4 and its new interim Good Day team of Tim Ryan and Dan Godwin.

The Peacock also swept the 5 p.m. ratings while the 6 p.m. golds went to WFAA8 in total viewers and Fox4 in the 25-to-54 demographic.