‘Deal,’ ‘Heroes’ lift NBC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

HOLLYWOOD — NBC remains hot on Monday, capturing the night in key demos again this week thanks to high-end deliveries from hot rookie drama “Heroes” and hit gameshow “Deal or No Deal.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Deal or No Deal” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall) dominated the 8 o’clock hour by matching its second-best demo score of the fall. “Heroes” followed with a 6.7/16 in 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers overall, off slightly from the previous week’s series-best number and easily leading its time period. Net fell off at 10, though, with “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall).

CBS, runner-up on the night in most key categories, was paced as usual by “CSI: Miami” (5.6/14 in 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (4.8/11 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall). Opening-hour laffers “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and “The Class” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) were both up week to week, while 9:30 skein “The New Adventures of Old Christine” was flat (3.7/8 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Prison Break” (4.0/10 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) was above average at 8 but didn’t show much of an uptick for its fall finale. And at ABC, “Wife Swap” remains competitive at 8 (3.5/9 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), and the two-hour finale of “The Bachelor: Rome” (4.0/10 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) delivered its highest scores of the season.

The CW saw its comedy block rise week to week, led by “Girlfriends” at 9 (1.4/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), which was the net’s top performer in adults 18-34 (1.7/4).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.1/12; CBS, 4.4/11; ABC, 3.8/9; Fox, 3.4/8; Univision, 1.6/4; CW, 1.4/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.5 million; CBS, 13.4 million; ABC, 9.9 million; Fox, 8.4 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 3.3 million.

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