ABC has announced that the next to last episode of it's second edition of "The Bachelor" (entitled "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All") drew an average audience of 16.8 million viewers, allowing ABC to beat NBC's "West Wing" in the hour among Total Viewers for the second consecutive week.

This qualifies as the first time in 3 years that ABC has drawn a larger audience in the hour than NBC with an original "West Wing" for 2 or more weeks in a row - since 11/17-11/24/99. ABC led the hour by 51% in Adults 18-49 (7.7/19 vs. 5.1/12 - NBC), giving the Network its largest winning advantage in the hour in more than 2-1/2 years - since 5/17/00.

With "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All," ABC claimed the No. 1 program on Wednesday night among Adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. The ABC reality show notched its seventh consecutive week as the No. 1 Wednesday program in Adults 18-34 (7.9/21).

Versus the same special last season (4/25/02), "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" posted enormous increases, growing by 6 million viewers (16.8 million vs. 10.8 million) and by 108% among Adults 18-49 (7.7/19 vs. 3.7/9). Yje episode attracted ABC's largest series audience in the hour since January with the "American Music Awards" (1/9/02). The special produced ABC's highest ratings in the hour in over 2-1/2 years among Women 18-34 (11.7/29) and Women 18-49 (11.0/25) - since 5/24/00.