'Deal,' 'Gladiators' Top Monday

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NBC's "Deal or No Deal" and "American Gladiators" topped the Nielsen returns for Monday night, with "Gladiators" largely maintaining its rating from last week's time-period premiere.

The Monday debut of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" delivered a solid rating, although it took a significant hit compared to its NFL-fueled Sunday night premiere.

The third episode of "Gladiators," which earned a 4.6 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49, should help NBC feel confident about its quick renewal of the series. "Gladiators" ruled the 8 p.m. hour, but was down a couple of tenths from last week.

NBC's "Million Dollar Mission" stunt for "Deal," where the number of $1 million suitcases increases each episode until a contestant finally takes home the top prize, continued to boost the show's viewership. "Deal" had a 5.0, up significantly from last week. At 10 p.m., "Medium" was on par with a 3.3. Overall, NBC won in the demo and total viewers.

Fox was second, with "Prison Break" returning from hiatus with an average number (3.3). Lacking a massive NFL lead in this time, "Terminator" (4.2) had been expected to drop, although its 45% decline is fairly steep. Still, the scores gave Fox its best Monday night of the season.

CBS was third with comedy repeats "How I Met Your Mother" (2.7), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.2), "Two and a Half Men" (3.8) and "Rules of Engagement" (2.7). At 10 p.m., an original "CSI: Miami" (4.2) won the hour.

ABC's "Dance War" came in fourth place in its time period (2.9), about on par with last week. "Notes From the Underbelly" was up (1.7) and "October Road" (2.0) was on par.

The CW averaged a 0.7 with repeats.