NBC’s "Heroes" triumphs over Fox’s "24"

    Monday’s ratings battle between Jack Bauer’s “24” and NBC’s “Heroes” ended much as the first, with another win for the Peacock.

    “Heroes” beat “24” head to head, but “24,” along with a stronger performance from “Prison Break,” helped Fox to eke out a win for the night in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Meanwhile, “Deal or No Deal” prevailed at 8 p.m. and a repeat “CSI: Miami” outweighed new episodes of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “What About Brian.”

    NBC's "Heroes" triumphs over Fox's "24" 1

    It was another win for NBC’s “Heroes” (13.6 million, 6.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49), although it was down 8 percent in the demo compared with last week’s return to the air. “Heroes” was still the dominant player, with a 13 percent margin in the demo over “24” (15.3 million, 5.4/12) and 33 percent above “24” in adults 18-34.

    But “24” was still up slightly compared with last week in viewership and steady in the demo.
    The 8 p.m. hour went solidly to “Deal or No Deal” (16.9 million, 4.8/12), which beat “Prison Break” (9.9 million, 4.1/11) plus repeats on ABC and CBS. “Prison Break” was up 14 percent compared with its average in the demo and a similar amount in viewership.

    Yet CBS, whose schedule was all repeats, came back at 10 p.m. to win with “CSI: Miami” (13.4 million, 3.9/10). It beat “Studio 60” (6.9 million, 3.0/8), which couldn’t capitalize on NBC’s big audiences between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. “What About Brian” averaged 5.7 million, 2.7/8).
    Nightly averages: ABC (7.5 million, 3.1/8); CBS (10.6 million, 3.2/8); Fox (12 million, 4.8/12); NBC (12.5 million, 4.6/11); and The CW (2.4 million, 1.1/3).