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.