NBC, CBS split Monday night win

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NBC and CBS split the victories in primetime Monday, with NBC winning in adults 18-49 and coming close but not enough to overcome CBS in viewership for the night.

Both networks got strong performances from their centerpiece shows, NBC with "Heroes" and "Deal or No Deal" and CBS with "CSI: Miami." Nielsen Media Research estimated that CBS averaged 13.8 million viewers to NBC's 13.6 million; NBC averaged a 5.1 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic to CBS's 4.6/11.

"Deal or No Deal" (18 million, 5.5/14) got NBC off on the right foot, crushing the competition at 8 p.m. and earning a season-high viewership and demo rating. Nothing else was near although Fox saw an uptick with "Prison Break" ( 9.1 million, 3.8/10), which was up compared to last week's 8.6 million viewers and 3.5/9. Both "How I Met Your Mother" (9.5 million, 3.4/9 and "The Class" (8.5 million, 3.0/8) were up slightly week to week. ABC averaged 6.8 million viewers and a 2.6/7 in the demo for "Wife Swap."

NBC's winning streak continued at 9 p.m. with "Heroes" (15 million, 6.5/16), which was up week-to-week in viewership but down slightly in the demo from last week's 14.5 million viewers and 6.7/15. "Two and a Half Men" ( 15.9 million, 4.9/12) was up slightly compared to last week while "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (12 million, 3.8/9) was too. A repeat of "House" averaged 9.2 million viewers and a 3.3/8, just ahead in viewership compared to ABC's "The Bachelor: Rome" ( 8.8 million, 3.4/8).

But CBS came back in a big way at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami" (18.4 million, 6.2/16), which was up strongly compared to last week's 16.8 million viewers and 5.7/15. "Studio 60" (7.8 million, 3.2/8) was up only slightly compared to last week's 7.7 million and 3.3/8. ABC's "What About Brian" (5.6 million, 2.5/6) wasn't on last week due to the telecast

Nightly averages: ABC (7 million, 2.8/7); CBS (13.8 million, 4.6/12); NBC (13.6 million, 5.1/13); Fox (9.2 million, 3.5/9) and The CW (2.9 million, 1.2/3).
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