'Heroes' Fall Finale Leads Monday

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The fall finale of NBC's "Heroes" gave a resoundingly average performance in the Nielsen ratings, registering a 5.0 among adults 18 to 49.

Critics agreed the episode was a step up from the first season's climax, but that it still had a rough time tying together the disparate plotlines into a neat conclusion. (The fate of the world hangs on one storyline, while in another, the fate of a missing backpack. Maya and Alejandro's epic journey was abruptly concluded with a blood test and a bullet, respectively).

The rating gave NBC a Monday-night win, though original competition was lacking. Lead-in "Chuck" (3.2) narrowly topped the 8 p.m. hour against repeats and scored the most overall viewers since its premiere. NBC tried out "Life" (2.5) in the 10 p.m. spot previously occupied by "Journeyman" and got about the same result.

CBS was second with a pure repeat block and narrowly led the night in total viewers.

ABC came in third, with its comedy hour taking a hit against the "Heroes" finale and without the benefit of a "Dancing With the Stars" lead in. The network aired a second run of "Charlie Brown Christmas" (3.1), then "Samantha Who?" (2.9, dropping sharply from its prior average) and "Notes From the Underbelly" (down 15 percent from last week's premiere to a 2.3). At 10 p.m. "October Road" rose slightly (2.2).

The CW aired repeats.

Note: Monday ratings were delayed until this morning and Tuesday's rundown will be posted shortly.
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