‘The Fosters,’ ‘Real Housewives of O.C.’ Close With Season Highs

ABC Family drama and Bravo reality show shine Monday despite facing 'The Bachelorette' finale

The Fosters Season 3 midseason premiere
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Despite tough competition for female viewers Monday from ABC’s finale of “The Bachelorette,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” wrapped their summer runs with highs.

“The Fosters,” one of the summer’s most impressive rookie ratings performers, averaged a best-yet 2.5/7 in females 12-34, which meant it capped the first half of its season with highs in each of its final four weeks.

In total viewers, its 2.07 million was up 10% from last week (1.88 million) and a big 46% improvement upon the show’s June 3 premiere (1.42 million). It also built on its lead-in from “Switched at Birth” (1.69 million).

No new cable series this summer has delivered a larger audience of females 12-34 (1.14 million) or viewers 12-34 (1.32 million) than “The Fosters,” which has become ABC Family’s second biggest series, behind “Pretty Little Liars.” The net has ordered 10 additional episodes of “The Fosters” to round out the series’ first season, and they are set to begin in January.

The show, about an extended family of kids raised by their lesbian moms, comes from Jennifer Lopez and her Nuyorican Productions. Monday’s summer finale featured the wedding of Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum).

Over at Bravo, “Real Housewives of Orange County” (1.2/4, 2.39 million viewers overall) scored a season high in all key demos as well as total viewers, rising about 30% from last week. It was down a bit from last year’s finale.

“Housewives” led into first-year series “Below Deck” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.44 million viewers overall), which hit highs for a third straight week.

Also of note in cable on Monday, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” reunion (2.2/7 in 18-49, 4.19m) and “T.I. And Tiny” (1.9/6, 3.50m) were the night’s top shows in 18-49. And DIscovery continued to do well with its Shark Week programming, capped Monday with “Voodoo Sharks” at 10 (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.42m).