NBC prevails in Mon. primetime


NEW YORK -- Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" did well in its second outing, but it was NBC that came away with the top prize in Monday night's primetime.

NBC won the first two hours of primetime hands down, thanks to "American Gladiators" and "Deal or No Deal." CBS won at 10 p.m. with "CSI: Miami," according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Connor" averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49. That was well below Sunday night's premiere (18.4 million, 7.7/18), which had the benefit of the NFC divisional semifinal as a lead in. But no one expected that "Connor" would reach such lofty heights Monday. It was still Fox's highest ratings in the time period since last August, and built on its lead-in "Prison Break" (7.9 million, 3.3/8).

"Gladiators" (10.6 million, 4.6/12) held fast to its time period premiere last week, as did the 90-minute ABC's "Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" (10.5 million, 2.9/7). NBC's "Deal" (15 million, 5.0/12) won the 9 p.m. hour easily, thanks to a late burst that jumped its viewership by 5 million in the last half-hour. ABC's "Notes From the Underbelly" (4.7 million, 1.7/4) was down slightly from what it did in the fall.

"CSI: Miami" (14.7 million, 4.2/11) had no serious competition at 10 p.m., easily dismissing NBC's "Medium" (9.5 million, 3.3/9) and ABC's "October Road" (4.9 million, 2.0/5).

NBC (11.7 million, 4.3/11) won in both measures over ABC (7.6 million, 2.4/6); CBS (10.8 million, 3.5/9); Fox (9 million, 3.8/9); and the CW (1.6 million, 0.7/2).