Cold Wars seemed like the last straw for many critics that have gradually lost interest in Heroes. If you missed it, you can read a recap in this article. But in a nutshell, it centered on HRG (Jack Coleman) as he was held hostage and interrogated by Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), revealing how he became involved with Nathan's (Adrian Pasdar) government plot to capture those with abilities. After last week's still-mediocre-but-much-improved installment, many fans hoped that Monday night's broadcast would live up (if not surpass) Building 26 only to be disappointed by its seemingly futile direction. And as BuddyTV Writer Meghan Carlson pointed out, we learned nothing we didn't already know.
Not surprisingly, Heroes' Monday broadcast attracted just roughly 6.92 million viewers, easily making the series primetime's least watched attraction among the four major broadcast networks. Fox won the night with the pairing of House and 24, followed by ABC's reality series lineup and then CBS' slate of reruns. NBCwas fourth overall, which should certainly be a big red flag for the network.
Adding more salt to the injury is that CBS had an entire night of reruns. Leading the hour was Two and a Half Men, which drew in 12.05 million viewers, followed by FOX's 24 with 11.61 viewers and ABC's The Bachelor: The Women Tell All with 11.20 million viewers.
Heroes also finished last in all of primetime among the highly-coveted demographics of 18 to 49-year-olds, but even scored worse with 18 to 34-year-olds, trailing a repeat episode of The CW's One Tree Hill by a four-to-one margin during the 8pm slot.
Despite the fact that some fans still remain optimistic about the direction of Heroes, the show isn't doing any better and the numbers are enough proof to support this. Then again, Bryan Fuller's episodes have yet to air so all hope is not lost.