An unusual ending to ABC’s long-running attempted love matches on “The Bachelor” paid off for the network.

Both parts of the finale to the 23rd edition of the series hit the Nielsen company’s top 10 last week, as bachelor Colton Underwood — who started his reign as a virgin — revealed he was dating contestant Cassie Randolph.

That wasn’t initially the plan, since Underwood jumped a fence to abandon the two women who had been finalists to chase Randolph, who had left the show.

The show’s performance led ABC to its fourth weekly win in a row among younger viewers.

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