ABC took Monday night thanks to the Country Music Awards. The telecast scored 15.9 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/13 share in the 18 to 49 demographic, according to Nielsen overnights.
NBC's Heroes continued to show muscle, with a series-best 6.6 rating. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, back from its one-week vacation, scored 7.8 million viewers and a 3.3 rating, slightly better than two weeks ago.
At 8 p.m., ABC and the CMA took a 4.9, with NBC's Deal or No Deal earning a 4.4. Fox's Prison Break came in at 3.5, CBS scored a combined 3.1 for How I Met Your Mother and The Class, and The CW earned a combined 1.4 for Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us.
At 9 p.m., Heroes leapt to a 6.6 in a single bound, with the CMA earning a 5.9. CBS scored a combined 4.2 for Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine, Fox's Justice landed with a 1.8, and the CW took a combined 1.3 for Girlfriends and The Game.
At 10 p.m., CBS took over with David Caruso and CSI: Miami at a 5.6. The CMA bagged a 5.2 and Studio 60 took a 3.3.
Overall, ABC scored a 5.4/13 in 18- to 49-year-olds, with 15.9 million viewers; CBS 4.3/11, 12.5 million; NBC 4.8/12, 12.2 million; Fox 2.7/6, 7.2 million; and the CW 1.4/3, 3.1 million.