Ratings: Heroes gaining strength

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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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