CBS romps Mon., 'Deal' tops shows

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NEW YORK -- CBS romped to a win in primetime Monday in both viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic, while NBC's "Deal or No Deal" continued to ring up ratings.

NBC's schedule got pumped up by another round of "Deal or No Deal" (16.5 million, 4.5/12), which was the night's most-watched show. But instead of "Heroes" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," NBC averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 2.5/6 for the TV movie "The Year Without Santa."

CBS started slow in the 8 p.m. hour, with "How I Met Your Mother" (8.8 million, 3.0/9) hitting its lowest demo rating for an original episode so far this year. "The Class" averaged 8.7 million, 3.1/8) at 8:30 p.m. before 9 p.m.'s "Two and a Half Men," which averaged 15.8 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

CBS remained on top with "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (12.1 million, 4.2/11), easily defeating "Supernanny" (8.7 million, 3.3/8) and a "House" repeat as well as the first hour of the TV movie "The Year Without Santa."

And 10 p.m. went hands down to CBS, with "CSI: Miami" (16.1 million, 4.8/13) ahead of both "What About Brian" (5.7 million, 2.5/7) and the last hour of "The Year Without Santa." But "CSI: Miami" fell to the lowest rating in adults 18-49 in its history.

Nightly averages: ABC (7.3 million, 2.9/8); CBS (12.9 million, 4.2/11); NBC (10.5 million, 3.2/8); Fox (6.8 million, 2.5/7); and The CW (2.9 million, 1.2/3).
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