NBC wins Monday with 'Gladiators'


NEW YORK -- NBC won Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic with "American Gladiators" on a night when President Bush gave his State of the Union address on the four major networks.

A "Two and a Half Men" (9.4 million, 3.4/9) repeat  was the top show in viewership while "American Gladiators" (8.5 million, 3.5/6)  was tops in the demo according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Dance Wars" (9.4 million, 2.5/6) was the only other original in the hour.

But both originals fell to their lowest original ratings to date, with "American Gladiators" down 22% from its time-period average (4.5/11) and "Dance Wars" dropped 14% compared to its season average (2.9/7). A repeat "Sarah Connor Chronicles" (6 million, 2.2/6) came in fourth place in the 8 p.m. hour.

The president's State of the Union Address along with the Democrats' response averaged something along the lines of 23.4 million viewers on the Big Four networks, which all carried
the speech. NBC averaged the most viewers with 6.7 million while ABC was close behind with 6.6 million and CBS in third place with 6.3 million. Final estimates for the four networks, along with cable, will be released later today. NBC (6.9 million, 2.5/7) won the night in 18-49 over ABC (7 million, 1.9/5); CBS (6.8 million, 2.2/6); Fox (4.9 million, 1.8/5); and The CW (1.7 million, 0.7/2).