BCS championship game a winner for Fox


Fox's broadcast of the BCS National Championship game dominated the ratings Monday night.

Meanwhile, NBC's "American Gladiators" made a successful transition to its regular Monday 8 p.m. slot, while another new unscripted entry, ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" spinoff "Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann," got off to a less promising start.

The BCS pregame and game, which saw LSU win their second championship, averaged a 7.6 rating/18 share among adults 18-49 and 21.6 million viewers overall between 8-11 p.m., according to early Nielsen estimates.

Airing against the BCS pregame/game on the East Coast, "Gladiators" (4.8/12, 10.9 million) was down a modest 19% from its big premiere Sunday and posted the best nonsports ratings for the night.

The rest of NBC's lineup didn't hold up that well. Following a "Deal or No Deal" (3.6/8, 10.7 million) at 9 p.m., the season premiere of drama "Medium" (3.3/8, 9.6 million) posted the series' lowest original Monday rating in 18-49.

ABC's two-hour premiere of "Dance Wars" averaged a 3.0/7 in 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers overall, down 48% from the most recent season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

At 10 p.m., an original "October Road" (1.8/4, 5.0 million) finished behind all repeats on CBS. (The eye network aired its regular Monday lineup in reruns.)

For the night, NBC (3.9/9, 10.4 million) finished second behind Fox. CBS (2.7/7, 8.4 million) edged ABC (2.6/6, 9.0 million) in 18-49.