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‘Heroes’ Scores Lowest Rating Yet for Original Episode

September 30, 2008 12:50 PM

HeroesNBC’s “Heroes” faltered in its second week, grabbing its lowest rating for an original episode to date, while neither “Chuck” nor “Life” increased from last year’s debuts.

“Heroes” took in a 4.4 rating/10 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

Compared to last week’s two-hour premiere, Monday’s “Heroes” slid 12% to its lowest rating ever.

“Chuck” (2.6/7) returned to the schedule after its strike-shortened run last year to a decline of 28% from its start last September.

A special Monday showing of “Life” (2.7/7) slipped 33% from its Wednesday premiere last year, but fell close to its season average. The police drama airs again this week in its regular Friday slot. NBC placed third with a nightly average of 3.2/8.

First-place CBS saw week-to-week drops for its entire lineup. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.3/9) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/9) dropped 8%, “Two and a Half Men” (4.7/11) slipped 11% and “Worst Week” (3.1/7) took an 18% downturn from last week’s premiere.

“CSI: Miami” (4.3/11) leveled out from its high premiere, declining 17% to stay near its previous average.

CBS took home a 3.9/10 nightly average.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.5/11) dropped 15% week-to-week, marking the show’s largest decline from week one to week two. “Boston Legal” (2.3/6) aired near its previous average. ABC was a close second on the night with a 3.8/10.

Fox’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2.0/5) and “Prison Break” (2.0/5) both suffered declines, dropping 13% and 20%, respectively. Fox placed fourth with a 2.0/5.

As the shine of last week’s season premieres fades, The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.9/5) and “One Tree Hill” (1.9/4) enjoyed increases of 19% and 27% from last week. In The CW’s key demographic of women 18-34, “Gossip” held steady with a 3.8/10, while “Hill” gained 15% with a 3.8/10.

“Hill” had its best performance in both adults 18-49 and women 18-34 in nearly two years.

The CW placed fifth in adults 18-49 with a 1.9/5.

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Is HEROES really this awful or is it just me? This show has completely lost its way.

Life, however, was nothing short of sensational!! It deserves a HUGE audience.

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