NBC wins Monday with double 'Deal'

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NEW YORK -- NBC won Monday's primetime in viewership and split the adults 18-49 victory with Fox with a two-hour "Deal or No Deal" in place of "Heroes" and with CBS airing repeats of "Two and a Half Men" and "CSI: Miami."

With "Heroes" taking the week off, NBC extended the Howie Mandel-hosted "Deal" to two hours. "Deal" trounced everything else in the 8 p.m. hour and then overpowered Fox's superagent Jack Bauer and "24" at 9 p.m., according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Deal" averaged 16.7 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, well ahead of Fox's repeat "House" (9.7 million, 3.5/10) and a double shot of the CBS sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" that averaged 8 million viewers and a 2.7/8 in the demo. It also bested at 9 p.m. a new "24" (12.3 million, 4.5/11) plus the finale of ABC's "Supernanny" (7.4 million, 3.0/7) and a repeat "Two and a Half Men" (12.6 million, 4.3/11) and a new "Rules of Engagement" (11.5 million, 4.3/11).

"Old Christine," which has been off the air for several weeks, hit record lows for originals for the series and "Rules" tied its lowest rated original broadcast without the help of a new "Two and a Half Men."

The 10 p.m. hour went to "CSI: Miami" (14.2 million, 4.2/11), which even though it was a repeat was well ahead of NBC's "The Black Donnellys" (6.7 million, 2.6/7) and ABC's "What About Brian" (4.8 million, 2.2/6). "The Black Donnellys" have continued to fall week to week from its premiere adults 18-49 rating of 3.2/8 in the spot formerly occupied by "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." ABC's "What About Brian" also had a tough week, dropping 12% from its season average in the demo of 2.5/7.

Nightly averages: ABC (6.3 million, 2.6/7); CBS (11.4 million, 3.7/8); NBC (13.4 million, 4.0/11); Fox (11 million, 4.0/11) and The CW (1.9 million, 0.8/2).
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