NBC Wins Monday in Adults 18 to 49; ‘Heroes’ Soars

NBC Wins Monday in Adults 18 to 49; 'Heroes' Soars 1NBC was the top-rated network Monday in adults 18 to 49, with its new superhero drama “Heroes” leaping tall buildings to take the title of highest-rated program for the night.

At 9 p.m. (ET), “Heroes” scored a 5.9 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Heroes” was up 28 percent from the year-ago time period premiere of “Las Vegas,” and grew on the half-hour from a 5.6 to a 6.3.

That outperformed its closest time-period competition, the season premiere of comedy “Two and a Half Men” and an original episode of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” on CBS. “Men” scored a 5.0 in adults 18 to 49 at 9 p.m., even with its season premiere in September 2005. “Christine” scored a 4.0 rating, down 5 percent from its season premiere last week. ABC’s reality offering “Wife Swap” scored a 3.6 in adults 18 to 49 in the time period, while Fox’s drama “Vanished” garnered a 2.0.