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Monday ratings: 'Terminator' premiere down 36 percent

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The fall season continues to roll in in drips and drabs, and last night, Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was the new kid on the ratings block after airing its second-season premiere at 8 p.m. According to overnight data, the debut snagged 6.3 million viewers, a huge 36 percent decline from its first-season average of 9.8 million viewers. Things may only get worse for Terminator when it goes head-to-head with ABC’s powerhouse Dancing with the Stars and CBS’ s decently rated comedies The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother in two weeks.

Last night’s 8 p.m. hour also saw some 8 million viewers flock to NBC’s Deal or No Deal, while the second episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl dropped just 200,000 viewers from last week to 3.2 million, enough to again win its key demos of adults 18-34, women 18-34, and females 12-34, which is even juicier than an overall-viewership win to CW execs. Finally, sealing its fate as somewhat of a failed summer experiment, ABC’s drab High School Musical: Get in the Picture had its finale, finishing its season with a paltry 4.1 million viewers.

In other Monday night news, at 9 p.m., The CW’s One Tree Hill bested its Gossip Girl lead-in by 100,000 viewers, after its premiere last week actually came in slightly below Gossip Girl’s. Fox’s Prison Break pulled in 6.5 million viewers,
improving over its premiere episode by 300,000 viewers, and seems to be
slowly inching toward the 7.5 million viewers it averaged last season.
But, again, the competition hasn’t arrived yet — Heroes debuts in two weeks. But maybe the rising tide (i.e. Heroes) will lift all ships (i.e. Prison Break)?

As for 10 p.m., it was really no shocker: A repeat episode of CBS’s CSI: Miami bested NBC’s Dateline and ABC’s CMA Music Festival, took the hour with 7.4 million viewers. Not too shabby for an already-ran.

In other Monday night news, at 9 p.m., The CW’s One Tree Hill bested its Gossip Girl lead-in by 100,000 viewers, after its premiere last week actually came in slightly below Gossip Girl’s. Fox’s Prison Break pulled in 6.5 million viewers,improving over its premiere episode by 300,000 viewers, and seems to beslowly inching toward the 7.5 million viewers it averaged last season.But, again, the competition hasn’t arrived yet — Heroes debuts in two weeks. But maybe the rising tide (i.e. Heroes) will lift all ships (i.e. Prison Break)?

As for 10 p.m., it was really no shocker: A repeat episode of CBS’s CSI: Miami bested NBC’s Dateline and ABC’s CMA Music Festival, took the hour with 7.4 million viewers. Not too shabby for an already-ran.