Ratings: David Spade beats Jack Bauer

A new gunslinger has entered the Monday night ratings showdown: David Spade.

Giving Monday-night titans Heroes and 24 a run for their money was CBS' new sitcom Rules of Engagement, which stars Spade along with Bianca Kajlich, Oliver Hudson, and Patrick Warburton. Rules stormed the 9:30 spot with a 5.2 rating and 14.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.

As usual, NBC's Heroes dominated the 9 p.m. time slot with a 6.4 in the 18 to 49 demographic and 14.6 million viewers.

Fox's 9 o'clock warrior 24 took in a third place 5.0 rating and 13.6 million viewers overall, marking a season low for the Kiefer Sutherland drama. This season of 24 has concentrated less on breakneck action and more on arduous torture scenes, which may have led to some viewer shrinkage.

CBS' entire Monday night comedy block was up, probably due to hype during Sunday's Super Bowl. How I Met Your Mother, The Class, and Two and a Half Men all either met or exceeded season-best ratings.

At 8 p.m., NBC took a 5.0 for the bald briefcase juggernaut that is Deal or No Deal, Fox scored a 4.1 for Prison Break, and CBS earned a combined 3.8 average for How I Met Your Mother and The Class. ABC snagged a 3.5 for Wife Swap, and CW took a combined 1.1 for Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us.

At 9 p.m., Heroes scored a 6.4 for NBC. CBS earned a combined 5.5 for Two Men and Rules, and Fox landed a 5.0 for 24. ABC took a 3.8 for Supernanny, and the CW swiped a combined 1.2 average for Girlfriends and The Game.

At 10 p.m., CBS and CSI: Miami earned a 5.7 rating, NBC took a 3.2 for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and ABC earned a 2.6 for the tabloid special In Style Celebrity Weddings.

Overall, CBS scored a 5.0 rating/12 share in 18- to 49-year-olds, with 14.9 million viewers; NBC, 4.8/12, 13.0 million; Fox, 4.6/11, 11.9 million; ABC, 3.3/8, 8.0 million; CW, 1.2/3, 2.8 million.

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It's about time more people discovered Rules. It started out funny and just keeps on getting funnier. David Spade and the rest of the cast keep delivering one great show after another.
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I watch "Prison Break" and "Heroes". The other shows except "Drive" had not caught my interest.
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David Spade is about as funny as Adam Sandler. Which is not funny at all. Wait a minute... Patrick Warburton? Hm, I might check it out after all. :)
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I like the action that 24 use to have. For sosme reason the action seem to have calmed down some.

I like Heros but I can't quite figure out where it is going. Plus, you have to spend alot of time reading some of the comments made by a several of the characters instead of just enjoying the show.

All in all both of the shows are ok.
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24 IS THE BEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The show prison break new season is very good next to 24 it looks way better and more action pack
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Prison Break makes 24 look like a complete joke.
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With DVR and TIVO these days in my mind the ratings system is useless because you can watch everything in one night and a lot of the shows are on the networks website. This weeks PB was really good, a little better than 24. 24 is still a good and strong show, and everything is different than it was 5 years ago when it started. Its about time that NBC got something because it was the worst network out there a while back.
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Prison break and Heroes..two of the best shows..luv it
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I am currently a Prison Break addict. Can't get into 24 ... still in the process of seeing what heroes is all about, but am still loyal to Grey's and Lost, with honorable mentions to Studio 60 and What about Chris.
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"Rules of Engagement" is an awesome new show with loads of potential, the casting is superb and endless possible directions for this one to seek out. I can't wait for more!
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Initial reports shows Heroes beating 24 for February 12:





http://www.zap2it.com/tv/ratings/zap-ratings021207,0,352899.story?coll=zap-tv-ratings-headlines
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Java Orange: USA Today currently only has the ratings for the week of Jan 29-Feb 4th. Heroes beat 24 in their most recent confrontation on February 5th.



Zap2it.com also shows Heroes beating 24. The numbers were from fast overnights and weren't entirely accurate. They were right however in the fact that Heroes did beat 24.
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I'm confused!
On both USATODAY's and ZAP2IT's weekly rating Averages, Heroes has never beaten 24.
Their data is also provided by Nielsen.
Can anyone tell me why?
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I'm confused!
On both USATODAY's and ZAP2IT's weekly rating Averages, Heroes has never beaten 24.
Their data is also provided by Nielsen.
Can anyone tell me why?
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Heroes is one of the few recent original shows on any TV station. It's also unpredictable, which makes it even more interesting to watch! I hope ratings continue to rise so that the show stays for a while...
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Don't get me wrong! It's just that I don't like to be lead to nowhere just to be part as a number in the audience... so I hope that the script writers of both of these shows (PB & Heroes) have some respect for their audience and give us an end each season. Then if they decide to procede with it they can simply continue with the cast an so on but make sure that they had close a chapter! No endless stories, please!
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Well, if sptite of Nielson's rating is based only in a few monitored TV, there's no doubt that Heroes and Prison Break Rules! Just hope that these two shows lead us to an season's end... not something like the "eternal" Lost... that's an history with no end... and more like Nip/Tuck example, where each season's have an end.
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Yay for Heroes!
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Personally I am a fan of 24, but I don't understand why everyone is so wrapped up in the ratings situation. They do not monitor every household in America only the ones who have been selected to have what they watch monitored or those who sign up to have it monitored. Plus if you need ratings to validate what you watch you must not like it that much to begin with.
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Its the Old people network
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I haven't regularly watched a Show from CBS since well ever. and barley anyone at my Highschool does.
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Rules proberly took some of 24 viewers causing it to loose to both it and Heros.
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This information DOES NOT logically indicate that the nation prefers CBS. I can walk down the street and discuss 24 or Heroes with someone. I know that I would not be able to do that in regards to Rules of Engagement. I think its very possible that through sheer random chance, a majority of NIELSEN viewers prefer CBS. CBS is constantly heralded as the number one network, but I am a male 18-35 (key demo) and I never watch it, nor do any of my peers. This kind of misinterpretation of an antiquated system lets shows like American Idol run rampant while Arrested Development gets cancelled. I just fear Fox will see 24 "losing" viewers and replace it with some crap like "Celebrities Skydiving with Monkeys."
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Heroes and 24 is good. The only reason I see 24 taking a hit this season is because they are actually reverting back to telling a story that doesn't have to have something explode in every episode. That might turn off some fans but at the same time, it's ever more believable. Only thing I hope for is that Heroes doesn't fall into that category like Lost. The third season will tell you if you have a great show or not.
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Heroes is one of my favorite shows now. It and Lost are my favorites. I hope Heroes has 3+ seasons! Its great and the reason more people watch it is because its so good and the endings are always cliffhangers! im on the edge of my seat every week. I dont see how 24 could be better?
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yes but as people see it is a joke compaired to 24 and heroes they will go back to their normal vueing as they say beginers luck
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Not surprising for their first time out.
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That's a surprise! I watched it and wasn't too impressed- at least not enough to watch it next week.
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statistics are boring, 67% of people know that.
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Beckscholes: Actually most shows increase in ratings season after season. Look at Seinfeld, Friends, 24, House, American Idol, Grey's anatomy. The fact that Heroes in one season has gathered more viewers than 24 has in six seasons... it's quite an accomplishment.



Just for the record 24 in it's first season had about 8 million while Heroes has around 14 million.
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All of cbs show stink but for amazing race and shark
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[quote] I guarantee the viewers take a dive next week.[/quote]



I agree. Their ratings will tank next week...
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It was a cute show...should be interesting to see how it does.
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Good job for rules of engagement.
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Quote from Unbiases Viewer - " Heroes, in only 1 season, has gathered more viewers then 24 has in 6 seasons. That is why the accomplishment is so great. " - - - I think 24 accomplishment is greater than heroes because 24 still able to compete with new show even in its 6 season. Most shows plum in rating after season 3. Just look at Lost. So, if you really want to see Heroes accomplishment, just wait until its Sixth Season.
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i knew Heroes would beat 24 Again! Good job Heroes!!!
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CSI Miami was a scary episode yesterday. Next week all my answers will be answered.
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@billbsahaws - Actually Heroes has beaten 24 3 weeks in a row in the only demographic that matters to advertisers in primetime: 18-49

And it is this demographic which every ratings news item dealing with Heroes vs 24 has focussed on so the writers got it right.

Here are the urls in case you missed them: Week 1 head to head- http://www.tv.com/heroes/show/17552/story/8287.html?tag=story_list;title;10
Week 2 head to head- http://www.tv.com/heroes/show/17552/story/8445.html?tag=story_list;title;5

Edit: Beat me to the puch Unbiased...but I put up urls! :)
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billbsahaws: you are incorrect. In terms of total viewers: Heroes won week 1, 24 won week 2, and Heroes won week 3. The score is 2-1 for Heroes.



In terms of the 18-49 demographic: Heroes won week 1, 2 and 3. The score is 3-0 for Heroes.



Heroes, in only 1 season, has gathered more viewers then 24 has in 6 seasons. That is why the accomplishment is so great.
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i didn't even know David Spades's permered on monday.
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Hey Colin Mahan (author of this article) you tv.com writers need to start getting your facts straight. When you said "As usual Heroes dominated the 9 p.m. timeslot" you were very wrong. 24 beat Heroes in that timeslot last week an 8.5/12 rating, compared to Heroes 8.3/12 rating and 24 tied with Heroes the week before. It seems that some of the writers on here don't want 24 to be seen as a strong competitor to Heroes, even though it is. It's a shame that Heroes did, FOR THE FIRST TIME, dominate 24 this Monday because 24 had one of its best episodes of the season. I am also a Heroes it had a good episode as well. However, Heroes is in its first season and 24 is a veteran show in the middle of its sixth season and doing very well.
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i watch prison break and heroes on mondays
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Oh well, 24 and Heroes are both good shows.. but 24 is much better acting/writing wise. Heroes is one of those shows I'll watch, but if it cancels, it wouldn't phase me at all.



Hopefully, 24 can pull some viewers back in, even though 13.6 million viewers is nothing to sneer at
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I watched Heroes and CSI Miami
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How in the hell, CBS's can't be that good, I'm watching NBC because they have REAL comedy.
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Hmm. I don't think it's 24 vs Heroes anymore.



It should be 24 vs Rules of Engagement.



That battle would be a lot closer as Heroes is in another league right now.
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I like David Spade but I didt expect this.
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well, christine will be back at 8:30 on march 12th, and my guess is that the class will be axed for season 2 cauz of this,,, i dont care i dont watch cbs comedy .... only fox: american dad, family guy, the simpsons and nbc: the office!! ( the best show on tv)
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Dump Christie and CBS Monday 2 hour comedy block will revise from the dead. The only reason Christie got any rating points was because it was located between Two And A Half Men and CSI Miami. As for 24, what good is Jack Bauer if the villains survive and return. Besides 5 years is a long run for a show that is so implausable to begin with. FOX is going to regret renewing the show for 3 more seasons and giving Keifer all that money.
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