'Gladiators,' 'Deal' combo give NBC a win


NEW YORK -- "American Gladiators" and "Deal or No Deal" proved again to be an effective lineup for NBC, which won the night in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic.

Neither show was particularly strong compared to its past, but it was more than enough to prevail against its rivals, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"American Gladiators" (8.8 million, 3.7/9) handily won the 8 p.m. hour in 18-49 over, among other things, ABC's "Dance War" (9.2 million, 2.4/6) that fell to its lowest original rating as well as Fox's "Prison Break" (7.9 million, 3.3/9).

Begining at 9:30 p.m., "Deal or No Deal" (13.1 million, 4.2/11) won the rest of the night  against a repeat "CSI: Miami" (8.6 million, 2.5/7), in addition to other programs.

For the night, NBC (10.9 million, 4.0/10) won in viewership and 18-49 against ABC (6.6 million, 2.0/5); CBS (8.9 million, 2.9/7); Fox (8.1 million, 3.4/8); and The CW (1.5 million, 0.6/2).