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Ratings: Heroes gaining strength

Heroes is helping the peacock fly.

The freshman show, about regular folks the world over who discover they have superpowers, has seen its audience grow each of its three weeks on the air. Last night's episode grew 7 percent from the previous week in adults 18-49.

The episode, which featured the introduction of effectively creepy arch-villain Sylar, scored a 5.9 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49, with 13.3 million viewers overall, making it the number one new show of the fall season. The show helped Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip recover from a slide last Monday--last night, Studio grew 12 percent from the week before.

At 8 p.m., NBC's Deal or No Deal--the show that gives money to people for absolutely no skill or cunning on their part--led with a 4.4, followed by CBS with How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. with a 3.6 and The Class at 8:30 p.m. with a 3.7. ABC was next with a 3.2 for Wife Swap, Fox scored a 1.4 for a Prison Break repeat, and the CW earned a combined 1.1 for Everybody Hates Chris at 8 p.m. with a 1.2 and All of Us at 8:30 with a 1.0.

At 9 p.m., Heroes won the period with a 5.9 rating. CBS snagged a 4.9 for Two and a Half Men at 9 p.m. with a 5.4 and New Adventures of Old Christine at 9:30 p.m. with a 4.3. ABC earned a 3.1 for Bachelor, Fox saw a 1.2 for a repeat of Justice, and CW reruns scored 1.0, with Girlfriends at 9 p.m. with a 1.0 and The Game at 9:30 p.m. with a 0.9.

At 10 p.m., CBS's continued to bask in David Caruso's reflected glory as CSI: Miami scored a 5.9, followed by NBC and Studio 60 with a 3.8, and ABC with the show that dares to ask What About Brian at 3.0.

Overall, CBS earned a 4.8 rating and 12 share, NBC earned 4.7/12, ABC earned 3.1/8, Fox earned 1.3/3, and the CW earned 1.0/3.

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Heroes is amazing....great show....
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Here's what I think the reason for the rise of the ratings of "Heroes," and believe me, I saw every episode and my interest in the series keeping getting bigger, is the story and the characters are solid. It's like a we keep glued to the set to see what happens next. As a result, it's paying off big time for NBC.
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This show keeps getting better every week. I am definitely hooked. I have been watching The 4400 lately and there are lots of similarities between the two shows, but that is a good thing. Both are great shows in my book.
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The last few minutes of this show is always AWESOME! I love it.
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Hiro's and Heroes is awesome! I just wish they would try to improve some of the weaker storylines involving the "eye-candy" girls, especially the cheerleader. The end of last week's episode was a move in the right direction.
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I love Hero's
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Good thing Heroes is still going on. It keeps getting better each and every week. DON'T CANCEL IT.
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damm cant wait till next week.. i want more of Heroes!! please dont cancel this show... and i think Jericho & Dexter are 2nd, 3rd best. these 3 shows are very original. GIVE THEM CHANCE

i see that everybody is talking about Heroes and Jericho... watch one episode of Dexter or read more info about this show... you'll like it.
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Heroes is a great show. Next to Jericho it's my 2nd favorite new show of the season. I like Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights also. I hope NBC is patient with both and give it at least a season to build up an audience. Not every good show is a hit right away. Takes episodes and seasons to find the niche and figure out what works.
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Monday nights are pretty awesome now. Heroes and Studio 60 are two of my favorite new shows, so glad they are gonna last.
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Very glad to hear this show is growing in popularity - without question the best new show this season, and one of the best shows to come out in years.
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Heroes is awesome! It's probably my new favorite show this season and I'll continue to watch the full season. Other shows that I like are Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Veronica Mars and Smith, which was unfortunately cancelled, but at least there are shows that are still worth watching.
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This is a great show. I love the save that Hiro made when he stopped time. Yatai!
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Uhh, web. If they let the kid escape that would have destroyed the (potential) longevity of the show. And by the way, you need to get out of white suburbia if you think the part of the gang beating on the kid was a dumb idea.
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Smith was very good show and they booted it so fast but I guess we still have Heros to watch. Betty was OK but I think it was mostly for kids.

Kidnap was kind of boring except for the first episode. I think they should have let the kid escape instead of being captured again. The plot of a gang in the middle of the street beating on a kid was kind of dumb idea. Who wrote that dumb part should learn a huge lesson on how to write plots. Dumb idea will make your show looked stupid and booted as always. I'm still wondering why SMITH was cancelled. Still can't figure that one out. Of all the shows this year, Smith keeps me waiting to watch it again and again. It would mean that show must be good for some reasons. I lost interest fast if the show kind of boring. Smith keeps me on high alert. Just can't figure out why boot a very good show or supposedly series? I guess they might not know they have a good show like Star Trek long ago. I heard they booted Star Trek as well early on.
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X-Men/4400 type premise, which they are pulling off well. Very slow & detailed build up of characters. I am hooked so far. Only draw back extremely graphic. The wife will not longer watch due to the gore factor, which I loved! Many people will be turned off by this.
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This is one of my 3 favorite shows at the time! A must see.
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Studio 60 is the one remaining new show this year I've been watching left on the air. Smith and Standoff are gone, and so I hope this one sticks. Classic show and great performances. Please stop watching Dork Caruso and CSIdiots!
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I really enjoy Heroes. Its smartly written and doesn't play down to its viewers. For all those who missed the first three episodes I suggest you do 2 things. First; Download and watch the previous episodes from N.B.C. Second; come on over and join the group discussion at the heroes page.
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Very happy to hear this! It's starting to freak me out a bit though... I'm used to a world in which every show I like gets cancelled within 15 minutes of air-time. I mean, it's cool that Heroes (my favorite new show of the season) keeps gaining ratings, garnering critical acclaim, and growing a positive buzz, but after Firefly, Angel, Surface, Enterprise, Night Stalker, Invasion, Miracles, Freakylinks, Nightmare Cafe, Werewolf, The Flash, and Twin Peaks all getting cancelled way too early... I guess I'm just a bit jaded about the viability of scifi on network TV.
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Heroes, Studio 60, Runaway and Jericho are definitely my favorite new shows this season. Though I really liked Kidnapped and Smith and they're already in trouble.



The more good news we get for Heroes and Studio 60 the better. I hope they stick around for a very long time. Though I also enjoy: Brothers and Sisters, What About Brian, Veronica Mars, The Nine, Six Degrees, Close To Home, Numb3rs and Prison Break just to name a few.
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is it an error on the guide, or is the next studio 60 airing on a sunday instead of a monday? now that it's picking up viewers it would be really dumb to change it.
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I'm happy that Heroes is doing well. I really like the show and can't wait to see how it all comes together.
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I'm glad heroes has good rating and at the same time Studio 60 too. Both shows I love so this ensures they wont get canceled :D
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Such a great show! Everybody should watch, not only sci-fi fans!
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Heroes is just starting to pick up steam Brother!! It's only up from here with the story just starting to unfold with thousands of other possibilites! Watch it now before it's to late and everyone around you is talking about it and you just look silly cause your all like Duhhhhhh! one love!
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Good to see Heroes is still going strong! This is excellent news! Heroes is my favorite new show!
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I can't stop watching Heroes... It's my favorite!!
Please, don't stop!!
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Loves the show! Haven't missed a Heroes yet!
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Veronica Mars and Heroes are my two favorite shows right now!
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Love this show
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Good. This (hopefully) means NBC won't cancel the show. STOP WATCHING CSI!! Please?
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I really like Heroes. That and Brothers and Sisters are def. my two fav. new shows right now.

I liked Studio 60's first ep. but the weeks after I started to dislike it. The writing and acting are good, but the plots are horrible. So I watched What About Brian, which is a great show and I hope it does better in the ratings cuz I would HATE to see it get canceled.
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Heroes and Studio 60 are my two favorite shows right now. More viewers please. :)
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All the hype and good ratings and 22 episode order... I can't take it any more! Next week I'm checking out Heroes!
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wow cw is being Killed but im glad Heros is doeing good
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i'm am hooked to nbc on monday nights.



heroes and studio 60 are brilliant.



i watch deal or no deal once in a while but sometimes watching the contestants go overboard is just too much.
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yeah! studio 60 regaining viewers :D those big Dorks who watch caruso, are, well.. dorks
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heroes freakin rules, its awesome the show keeps getting good ratings
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