No ratings parade for return of "Heroes"

Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:12pm EDT

Cast member Masi Oka poses at the wrap party for season one of his NBC television series ''Heroes'' in Hollywood California April 17, 2007. ''Heroes'' received an underwhelming welcome when the fading freshman returned to NBC's schedule after a seven-week absence Monday. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Cast member Masi Oka poses at the wrap party for season one of his NBC television series ''Heroes'' in Hollywood California April 17, 2007. ''Heroes'' received an underwhelming welcome when the fading freshman returned to NBC's schedule after a seven-week absence Monday.

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Heroes" received an underwhelming welcome when the fading freshman returned to NBC's schedule after a seven-week absence Monday.

The drama, which had been one of the network's few new hits this season, pulled in 12 million viewers and a 5.3 rating, 13 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research -- enough to make it the night's top show in the coveted demographic.

Still, its haul was down significantly from its season average (14.8 million, 6.6/15) as well as from its last original episode on March 5 (14.9 million, 6.6/15).

It wasn't alone: CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (6.9 million, 2.4/7) and "Two and a Half Men" (12.2 million, 3.9/10) dropped to their lowest demo ratings of the season, and Fox's "24" (10.3 million, 3.9/9) fell to its lowest ratings ever for a Monday. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (10.8 million, 3.3/10) was down 27% from its previous season average at 8 p.m.

(4.5/12).

Meanwhile, ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (18.7 million, 4.9/13) was down slightly from last week (18.9 million, 5.1/13), and helped the network skip to a primetime victory in both viewership and adults 18-49. "Dancing" was the night's top show in viewership and beat "Heroes" head-to-head at 9 p.m.

Nightly averages: ABC (14.1 million, 4.1/11); CBS (11.9 million, 3.8/10); NBC (10 million, 3.9/10); Fox (7.4 million, 2.8/8); and the CW (2.6 million, 1.2/3).

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