Ratings: Heroes triumphant, Nanny up

Heroes may not have had a midseason "finale" like Jericho or Lost, but the freshman sci-fi drama did lock up the title of fall's number-one new show as it signed off until January 22.

Last night's episode of Heroes featured a villain escaping, the mysterious Haitian revealing a secret, Hiro brandishing a sword against a dinosaur, and questions arising about Peter Petrelli's future. The show will need all the momentum it can get when it goes up against Fox's 24 next month.

The double-barrel of Heroes and Deal or No Deal helped NBC to its 10th Monday night win this fall season. The peacock is also up about 50 percent over its performance last year, when Surface aired in the spot.

At 8 p.m., Deal or No Deal took a 5.0 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, while ABC scored a 3.4 for Wife Swap, that show's best ratings this season. Fox earned a 2.7 for the Billboard Music Awards, and CBS saw a combined 2.1 for reruns of How I Met Your Mother and The Class. CW scored a combined 0.8 for repeats of Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us.

At 9 p.m., Heroes earned a 6.5, while ABC's Supernanny premiere was up from last season, to 4.0. CBS scored a combined 3.1 for repeats of Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Fox held a 2.7 for the last half of Billboard Music Awards. CW earned a combined 0.8 for stale episodes of Girlfriends and The Game.

At 10 p.m., CBS took over with a repeat of CSI: Miami at 3.7, followed by NBC and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip at a 3.0. ABC and What About Brian earned a 2.6.

Overall, NBC earned a 4.8 rating/12 share in 18- to 49-year-olds, with 13.2 million average viewers; ABC, 3.3/8, 8.6 million; CBS, 2.9/7, 9.4 million; Fox, 2.7/8, 6.0 million; CW, 0.8/2, 2.1 million.

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I dont like 24 at all so no hard decisions for me, Jan 22 is gonna be awesome, Heroes is the only show i cant stop watching
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my 2 favorite dramas head to head, should be fun to see who wins the ratings war, thank god for my dvdr.
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I turned off the Green Bay-Seatlle game to watch Heroes last week. Of course, it's rebroadcast on Friday on the SCI-FI channel.
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greenlightfox, why should they move 24 to a different. It had the timeslot first. It should be Heroes that goes up against a lame show.
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24 is a show I never realy got into so good luck hero's
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Fox is being stupid and so is nbc but it is mostly fox because Heroes is the biggest show of the new season fox needs to put 24 up against a lame show like friday night lights and not against Heroes.

I really like both shows. Fox and nbc are both networks are making me mad.
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Heroes is the ONLY show that I refuse to miss.

Tim Kring has me hooked!
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I love both shows and I will have to use tivo. Whoever did the scheduing for Heroes is an idiot. 24 has no reruns so it has a lot of momentum and a crazy following... Like Heroes
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Do they not realize that Heroes and 24 share alot of the same viewers?
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It's pretty crappy that some shows get booted for lack of viewers when in reality I think a lot of people record them to watch later. I know we do. Actually, we have a five-year-old so we record everything to watch later. Thank goodness we have two ReplayTV's because I don't want to miss 24 or Heroes. But honestly the way Heroes is right now if I had a choice to make it would probably be to watch that one. Sorry Jack. =P

They should move one of them to Sunday nights. There is nothing any good on Sunday night now so either one of them would fare well there.
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I was very surprised at how well Heroes did.It just might give 24 A run for its money.
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24 will smash it. Jack Bauer doesnt need lame superpowers to save the world.. xD
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i love them both its going to be hard to decide which one i will look at
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Up Up Up the stairs we gooo!! Good job Heroes. I'm pleased to read good news. Good storyline, secrets revealed right when the viewer needs them. It's the only show where we get answers without being toyed like Lost does. There's no need to "starve" the viewers just to make more seasons and Heroes proves that.
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Let's go Heroes Let's go!
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The show had me feeling like I was going to have an asthema attack it was so good and exciting!
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great results for Heroes, I'm always glad about it
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Ill be watching Heroes and see 24 some other day. 24 is a great show but im more intrigued about the Fate of the Heroes and whats coming than watching a clock ticking for 1 hour.
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Heros was awsome last night!
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Heroes has definately been better than I expected.
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CSI: Miami is a great show
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I download it, since i live in sweden and we don't have i here....
so, no commercials at all :D

Great show btw
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I'd watch Heroes live and 24 via Tivo. They're both great and have awesome moments. I just find watching 24 with fast forwarded commercials better.
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Heroes and 24 are both great shows, but I think it is a mistake to put them head to head. Once 24 gets started... that's it. I'll be watching 24, and recording Heroes to watch later. Heroes numbers will fall, and it won't be fair because the tivo viewers will still watch it, just not during 24's time. Why can't someone put up good competiton on Tuesday nights?
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Wait, so a rerun of that damn CSI Miami beat Studio 60? I can not find one good thing about that show. What About Brian is better, for crying out loud!
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thing is if one only beats the other slightly thats the best outcome as then both shows will continue.
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heroes and 24 are both too big to go up against each other
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man, the heroes episode yesterday was so awesome, i hope heroes continues at this pace for like 5 seasons and beyond
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Heroes just gets better and better. I really hope it can hold off 24.
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I think Heroes will best 24 when they go head to head.
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All I can say is common January 22!!!!
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2 absolutely brilliant episodes in Studio 60 and Heroes. I hope they both go on for 5 or 6 series.
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