'Heroes' rescues Mon. win for NBC

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NEW YORK -- "Heroes" continued to be just that for NBC, giving the Peacock a narrow win Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic against CBS.

"Heroes" was the night's top show in adults 18-49, while CBS' "CSI" Miami" was the most-watched show of Monday's primetime.

"Heroes" averaged 14.3 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Heroes" won hands-down at 9 p.m. (and the entire night) in the demo, while CBS's "Two and a Half Men" (15.1 million, 4.7/11) beat it between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. before "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (12.1 million, 3.9/9) lowered CBS's average in the hour. ABC was in third place with "The Bachelor: Rome" (8.2 million, 3.2/8), while Fox moved "Justice" (6.2 million, 2.0/5) to a new time period amid heavy promotion during the World Series.

Meanwhile, NBC took the 8 p.m. hour with "Deal or No Deal" (15.5 million, 4.4/12). CBS had a mixed bag in the hour with its sitcoms, with "How I Met Your Mother" (9.8 million, 3.6/10) showing week-to-week improvements at 8 p.m. while "The Class" (8.1 million, 2.9/8) dropped week-to-week compared to last week's 8.4 million and 3.0/8 demo rating. Fox's "Prison Break" (8.5 million, 3.2/9), on a travel day for the World Series before it reconvenes tonight in St. Louis, just edged ABC out for third place in both measures.

But NBC's momentum was stopped cold at 10 p.m., when "Studio 60" (7.7 million, 3.2/8) was beaten by CBS' "CSI: Miami" (17.5 million, 5.9/15). ABC's "What About Brian" (6 million, 2.7/7) fell week-to-week.

Nightly averages: ABC (7.2 million, 2.9/7); CBS (13.3 million, 4.5/11); NBC (12.5 million, 4.6/12); Fox (7.3 million, 2.6/7); and The CW (2.8 million, 1.2/3).
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