24 & Heroes Still Fighting

They’re two of the biggest hit shows on television and on Monday night they faced off for the second time in a friendly but competitive ratings battle.

The results once again were damn close between “24” and “Heroes” with both series thankfully not cannibalizing each other as many had expected they would.

Last week “Heroes” took the crown just barely. This week it slipped a bit back down to 13.6 million total viewers vs. the sixth season of “24” which improved with 15.3 million viewers this week.

Yet “Heroes” took the key 18-49 demographic (6.1 vs. 24’s 5.4). Despite its fall from the stellar return numbers last week (when Heroes came in only behind “American Idol” and “Grey’s Anatomy” in terms of ratings), the show remains the biggest new hit of the season.

“24” also may be doing better than ever States-side but it has fallen out of favour with Australian audiences. A much hyped two hour sixth season launch this week, a mere two weeks after its US premiere (seasons past have been months behind), scored only 1.04 million viewers in its first hour in Australia – handily beaten by the series return of “NCIS”.