By Stephen M. Silverman
May 20, 2003 03:24 PM

RATED: The two-hour finale of ABC’s reality romance hit “The Bachelor” attracted some 15 million viewers, making it the big winner (especially among young adult viewers) in Sunday’s ratings race, while the first half of a CBS miniseries about Hitler finished third, with 13.6 million, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research. “The Bachelor” nearly tied for its two-hour time period with back-to-back episodes of the season’s last two episodes of NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which ranked No. 2 among adults 18 to 49.

RELEASED: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, 35, was free on bail Monday after being arrested over the weekend in Burbank, Calif., on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, police tells Reuters. No further information was available as to what type of drugs were found in his vehicle, and tests on the substance will not be available for about a week, said police Lt. John Bilibert. Weiland’s agent and business manager declined comment.

ATTACKED: Late Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay‘s nephew, Rodney "Boe Skagz" Walker of the rap group Rusty Waters, was shot in the leg in Queens, N.Y., last week, before being treated and released from a local hospital, reports, citing police reports. Authorities said a teenaged boy shot Skagz three times and that the victim did not recognize his attacker. No arrest has been made, and police do not believe the shooting was linked to the murder of Jam Master Jay, who was killed last October in his Queens recording studio.

CONTINUED: A U.S. federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit against domestic diva Martha Stewart, 61, and her company and set a November pretrial hearing for the case, reports Reuters. The case stems from Stewart’s not disclosing that she was being investigated by the SEC and Justice Department over possible insider-trading charges, a situation that the plaintiffs in her shareholder case charge negatively affected the price of her own company’s stock.