Hot ‘Heroes’ powers Peacock

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

Winning perfs from “Heroes” and “Deal or No Deal” lifted NBC to another Monday ratings victory in the key young-adult demo, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen.

“Deal or No Deal” (4.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall) dominated the night’s opening hour, with Fox’s “Prison Break” running second (3.6/9 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and improving week to week. CBS comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “The Class” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) were in repeat, as was ABC’s “Wife Swap” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall).

From 9 to 10, NBC’s “Heroes” (6.4/15 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall) was up a tick to hit another series high and again notch the top regular-slot demo score for a first-year series in the past two seasons. The Eye was runner-up among the broadcast nets with repeats of “Two and a Half Men” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) and “Old Christine” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), followed by ABC’s “The Bachelor” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and Fox’s “Justice” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall); latter is faring no better than previous slot occupant “Vanished.”

And at 10, a repeat of “CSI: MIami” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) won out over NBC’s special airing of “Friday Night Lights” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “What About Brian” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). “Friday” was up a bit vs. last week’s score for “Studio 60.”

The CW had its best Monday of the season with its comedy block, led by “Girlfriends” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “Everybody Hates Chris” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.9/13; CBS, 3.6/9; ABC, 2.9/7; Fox, 2.8/7; CW, 1.4/3; Univision, 1.4/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.3 million; CBS, 11.4 million; Fox, 7.7 million; ABC, 7.1 million; CW, 3.2 million; Univision, 3.1 million.

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