‘Heroes,’ ‘Deal’ power NBC

Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The return of rookie hit “Heroes” combined with one of the best showings in a while for gamer “Deal or No Deal” to lift NBC to a primetime ratings victory among young adults on Monday.

The Peacock easily captured the opening hour with “Deal or No Deal” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall), which logged its best regular-slot demo score since Nov. 27. “Heroes” (6.5/15 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall) returned following a six-week hiatus to lead its timeslot in most key demos and was the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49, but the net lost its momentum at 10 with “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall). “Studio” was up a bit, though, vs. its most recent firstrun airing.

CBS, which led the night among adults 25-54 and total viewers, was paced by “CSI: Miami” (slot-leading 6.0/15 in 18-49, 18.7 million viewers overall) — the night’s most-watched program. Net’s comedies — “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), “The Class” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (4.9/11 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall) and “Old Christine” (4.2/9 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) — also performed well and were above their recent ratings levels, though below what the Eye delivered on the same night a year ago.

Fox had a solid night, with “Prison Break” hitting season highs (4.2/10 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) with its first episode in eight weeks. Net then ran a strong second at 9 with “24” (5.4/12 in 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall), which was down a bit vs. last week and the same night a year ago.

ABC was on the high side with unscripted skeins “Wife Swap” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) and “Supernanny” (3.6/8 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall). “What About Brian” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was also above its recent averages but remained third.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.0/12; Fox, 4.8/11; CBS, 4.6/11; ABC, 3.2/8; Univision, 1.9/5; CW, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.2 million; NBC, 13.3 million; Fox, 12.2 million; ABC, 7.8 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 2.4 million.

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