‘Deal’ rises, ‘Studio’ falls

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC’s Monday again looked good with “Heroes” and season-high results for “Deal or No Deal,” but the net’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” hit ratings lows with its fifth episode.

According to affiliate-based preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Deal or No Deal” (5.2 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall) opened the night an easy winner, and the net remained on top in key demos at 9 with first-year drama hit “Heroes” (5.7/13 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall). Momentum stalled there for the Peacock, though, as “Studio 60” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) declined about 15% week to week to finish third or fourth in its hour, depending on how nationals shake out.

CBS, a close second to NBC among broadcast nets on the night in adults 18-49, was paced as usual by “CSI: Miami” (5.6/14 in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall). In the opening hour, 8:30 laffer “The Class” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) dropped behind “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) after building on it slightly the prior week, while middle-hour comedies “Two and a Half Men” (5.2/12 in 18-49, 16.4 million viewers overall) and “Old Christine” (4.2/10 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) were on par with recent results.

Numbers for ABC are expected to be revised downward in nationals due to preemptions for football in Chicago, as “Wife Swap” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), “The Bachelor” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “What About Brian” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) all rose more than 10% vs. last week. At least in the prelims, “Brian” moved ahead of “Studio 60” in key demos.

Fox averaged a 1.5/4 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall for two repeats of “House,” which were a last-minute substitute after the baseball playoff game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals was rained out.

And the CW saw gains with its first all-original comedy lineup of the season, led by “Girlfriends” (1.5/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “Everybody Hates Chris” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall). Net was up about 15% vs. its final firstrun Monday with former occupants “7th Heaven” and “Runaway.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.7/12; CBS, 4.5/11; ABC, 3.6/9; Fox, 1.5/4; CW, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.8 million; NBC, 12.7 million; ABC, 9.2 million; Fox, 4.4 million; CW, 2.9 million.

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