Viewers vote for 'Gladiators'


NBC won Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic with "American Gladiators" on a night when President Bush gave his final scheduled State of the Union address on the four major networks and cable news channels.

"Gladiators" (8.6 million viewers, 3.7 rating/10 share in 18-49) was the night's top show in the demo, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. A repeat of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (9.6 million, 3.4/9) was the night's most-watched entertainment program, while the speech was seen by 37.9 million from 9-10 p.m. EST.

"Gladiators" and ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" (9.4 million, 2.5/7) fell to their lowest ratings so far. A repeat "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" on Fox (6 million, 2.2/6) came in fourth in the 8 p.m. hour.

Bush's address averaged 37.5 million viewers on broadcast and cable TV. That was below last year's 45.5 million viewers when much of the speech was devoted to Bush's decision to increase troop levels in Iraq.

NBC averaged 7.95 million viewers for the speech, while ABC averaged 7.9 million. Cable ratings are due today.

NBC (7.1 million, 2.9/8) won the night in 18-49 over ABC (7.5 million, 2.0/5), CBS (7.2 million, 2.5/7), Fox (6 million, 2.2/6) and the CW (1.7 million, 0.7/2).