NBC's 'Heroes' holds own against Fox's '24'

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NBC's "Heroes" held its own against Fox's "24" on Monday with a big assist from "Deal or No Deal" in the 8 p.m. hour.

NBC took the nightly bragging rights in the adults 18-49 demographic but "CSI: Miami" pulled out the nightly viewer win for CBS. The eye network's "Two and a Half Men" also held up well in viewers in the competitive 9 p.m. hour.

The peacock opened the night at No. 1 by a wide margin with an average of 17.6 million viewers and 5.2 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 for game show "Deal or No Deal," according to preliminary estimates. Fox was competitive in the hour with the return of drama "Prison Break" (9.9 million, 4.2/10).

"Heroes" (14.8 million, 6.5/15) grew in the demo derby at 9 p.m. even in the face of "24" (14.4 million, 5.4/12) with its first regular time period airing of the season following last week's four-hour premiere spread over Sunday and Monday nights. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (16.1 million, 4.9/11) held on to No. 1 in viewers in the 9-9:30 p.m. half-hour. CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (13 million, 4.2/9) fell to third behind "24" and "Heroes" in the second half of the hour.

At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" (18.7 million, 6.0/15) was dominant as ever, beating the combined numbers of its time slot competition, NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (7.4 million, 3.2/8) and ABC's "What About Brian" (5.4 million, 2.6/7).

For the night, CBS led in viewers with 14.2 million, followed by NBC (13.3 million). NBC was No. 1 in adults 18-49 (5.0/12), followed by Fox (4.8/11).
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