‘Deal,’ ‘Miami’ hot on Monday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

HOLLYWOOD — NBC and CBS again were the standout performers on a Monday night this week, with the Peacock’s “Deal or No Deal” and the Eye’s “CSI: Miami” achieving season highs, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

In the opening hour, “Deal or No Deal” dominated with a 5.5 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 18 million viewers overall, easily beating Fox’s second-place “Prison Break” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), which itself had its best delivery in a while. CBS ran third with comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “The Class” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), and ABC was a distant fourth with “Wife Swap” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “Heroes” remained in control of the 9 o’clock hour (6.5/16 in 18-49, 15.0 million viewers overall) and was above average, topping in key demos CBS comedies “Two and a Half Men” (4.9/12 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall). ABC’s “The Bachelor” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and Fox’s special repeat of “House” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) were in a tight battle for third.

At 10, CBS’ “CSI: Miami” (6.2/16 in 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall) dominated its drama competish, topping the combined scores of NBC’s “Studio 60” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “What About Brian” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.1/13; CBS, 4.6/12; Fox, 3.5/9; ABC, 2.8/7; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.8 million; NBC, 13.6 million; Fox, 9.2 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 2.9 million.

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