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Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, October 9, 2006

Heroes shows great improvement, tying for first in the coveted A18-49 demo, and increasing its viewers from the previous week. CBS though comes away with the win for the evening on all fronts.

CBS finished first for the evening with a 9.4/15 HH rating (14.41M viewers) and a 4.8/12 A18-49 rating.

  • The flipping of time-periods between comedies “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Class” turns out to have been a great decision as the two series improve the time-period by more than 13% from the previous week (8.72M to 9.89M for the hour).
    • “How I Met Your Mother” – 9.73M viewers
    • “The Class” – 10.05M viewers

NBC followed in second place with an 8.6/13 HH rating (12.43M viewers) and a 4.7/12 A18-49 rating.

  • “Heroes” continues to be the best performing new show of the season, increasing its audience from last week.
    • The show averaged 13.31M viewers last night, and a first place 5.9/14 A18-49 rating for the time-period. It was up considerably from last week’s 12.57M and 5.3/13 A18-49 rating.
  • Another positive sign for the network was that “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” showed a good improvement in A18-49 delivering a 3.8 in that demo, up from the 3.5 of the last aired episode.

ABC finished in third place with a 5.6/9 HH rating (7.58M viewers) and a 3.1/8 A18-49 rating.

  • The season premiere of “What About Brian” showed good retention out of its lead-in “Rome” (88% in viewers and 97% in A18-49) delivering a 5.1/8 (3.0) rating, 7.0M viewers. This is an increase from the season finale last season in total viewers, and household rating, though not in A18-49; 4.9/8 (3.3), 6.4M viewers.

FOX followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 3.5/5 HH rating (3.82M viewers) and a 1.3/3 A18-49 rating.

  • Repeats of “Prison Break” (4.00M) and “Justice” (3.64M) filled this low rated evening for FOX.

The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 1.6/2 HH rating (2.55M viewers) and a 1.0/3 A18-49 rating.

  • Repeats of the first night of what was originally the networks Sunday comedy block show an improvement (“Everybody Hates Chris”–3.00M, “All of Us”–2.55M, “Girlfriends”–2.47M, and “The Game”–2.20M). It seems Monday night is a much better fit for this block of shows.

Source: Fast National Numbers from Nielsen Media Research

The ratings for all the programs that aired last night are viewable below in chart form (click to enlarge):