‘Heroes’ Scores Season High as NBC Wins Another Monday

Nov 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In what’s becoming a familiar headline for NBC, its freshman drama “Heroes” hit another season high this week. “Heroes” earned a 6.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 Monday night, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data, which put NBC in first place for the night. .

After two seasons in fourth place among the broadcast networks, NBC has climbed to second place for this sweeps period, thanks to “Heroes” and “Sunday Night Football,” and is closing in on second place season to date. But its margin over third-place CBS is slender. A continued “Heroes” climb could give NBC momentum it needs to solidify its newfound success.

NBC’s victory was aided by “Deal or No Deal” (4.9) at 8 p.m., and not helped by “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (3.1) at 10 p.m., which matched its season low.

CBS was second for the evening with its sitcom block, though 8 p.m.’s “How I Met Your Mother” matched its season low (3.2).

Monday night continues to be a weakness for ABC, which shook up its lineup with two Charlie Brown specials (3.1 and 3.3). The family-oriented specials provided a poor lead-in for 9 p.m.’s “The Bachelor: Rome” (2.7), which had its lowest rating of the season, while 10 p.m.’s “What About Brian” (2.4) was the lowest-rated show among the Big 4 networks.

Fourth-place Fox had a strong performance by “Prison Break” (4.0) at 8 p.m., which delivered its best number in three months.

The CW averaged a 1.2 for the evening with its comedy block.