Ratings: Heroes off but still tops

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Heroes saved the cheerleader, so now what?

Last week's episode of the NBC sci-fi drama, which culminated the "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World" storyline, scored season-best ratings and 16 million viewers. Last night's episode eased from that high, with 15.5 million viewers and 6.7 rating/16 share in 18-49 year-olds, according to Nielsen. Still, the show was the highest-rated of the night and helped NBC to a nightly win.

ABC's Bachelor: Rome finale showed there is still life in the nine-season-old dog. The show's 4.0 rating/10 share in 18-49s and 10.3 million viewers was the best it has done all season. This season took place in the famed Italian city and featured Lorenzo Borghese, who was billed as an Italian prince and heir to a cosmetics fortune.

At 8 p.m., NBC earned a 5.2 for Deal or No Deal. Fox scored with its Prison Break fall finale, escaping with a 4.0. ABC scored a a 3.5 for Wife Swap, and CBS earned a combined 3.3 for How I Met Your Mother and The Class. The CW took a combined 1.4 for Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us.

At 9 p.m., NBC grabbed a 6.7 for Heroes, and CBS scored a combined 4.2 for Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine. ABC romanced a 3.7 for the first half of The Bachelor: Rome finale, and Fox took a 2.7 for a repeat of House. CW earned a combined 1.4 average for Girlfriends and The Game.

At 10 p.m., CBS and David Caruso took on all comers with a 5.6 for CSI: Miami. The second half of ABC's Bachelor finale scored a 4.3, and NBC nabbed a 3.3 for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

Overall, NBC scored a 5.1 rating/12 share in 18-49 year-olds, with 13.5 million average viewers; CBS, 4.4/11, 13.4 million; ABC, 3.8/9, 9.9 million; Fox, 3.4/8, 8.4 million; The CW, 1.4/3, 3.3 million.

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