'Miami,' 'Heroes' are tops Monday

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NEW YORK -- CBS continued hot Monday night with strong performances from "Two and a Half Men" and "CSI: Miami" with "Rules of Engagement" remaining on track in the demographic.

The night's top show in the adults 18-49 demographic was "Heroes," and "CSI: Miami" was the top show in viewership, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (17.6 million, 4.8 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) was the winner at 8 p.m., ahead of Fox's "Prison Break" (9.5 million, 3.9/10), ABC's "Wife Swap" (9 million, 3.7/9) and the twin CBS sitcoms "How I Met Your Mother" (9.1 million, 3.5/9) and "The Class" (8.8 million, 3.3/8).

NBC and CBS split the victory at 9 p.m., with "Heroes" (14 million, 6.0/14) staying scorching-hot in the demo while "Two and a Half Men" (16.6 million, 5.3/12) won in viewership. Fox's "24" (13 million, 5.0/11) stayed even in the demo compared to last week's two-hour episode.

While "Two and a Half Men" gave its second-best performance in viewers and adults 18-49 so far this season, "Rules of Engagement" (13.9 million, 6.1/14) was even with last week in adults 18-49 and was up in viewers and adults 25-54. ABC was about average with "Supernanny" (8.9 million, 3.5/8).

At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" (19.1 million, 5.9/15) easily dispatched both "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (6.4 million, 2.6/7) and ABC's "What About Brian" (5.6 million, 2.7.7). "Studio 60," which went on hiatus after Monday's program, hit its lowest-rated program ever in both viewers and adults 18-49.

Nightly averages: ABC (7.8 million, 3.3/8); CBS (14.4 million, 4.8/12); NBC (12.7 million, 4.5/11); Fox (11.2 million, 4.4/11); and The CW (2.5 million, 1.1/3).
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