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August 05, 2008

NBC gains for 'Gladiators,' 'Star' finales

Monday night's season finales of NBC's "American Gladiators" and "Nashville Star" earned the highest ratings for the shows in nearly two months.

A two-hour "Gladiators" (5.3 million viewers, 2.0 preliminary adults 18-to-49 rating and a 6 share) matched its highest summer rating. A 10 p.m. edition of "Star" (6.3 million, 1.9/5) had its best number since its season premiere. The gains put NBC into second place for the evening, behind CBS' comedy and procedural repeats (averaging 7.7 million, 2.3/7).

In third place, Fox aired "The Teen Choice Awards" (1.5/5). The show, hosted by Miley Cyrus, was up 73% in the teen demo this year and marks the highest rated outing for the event among teens since 2004.

Despite airing all-original reality programming, ABC landed in fourth place. "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" (2.9 million, 0.8/3) fell another notch, followed by "Wanna Bet" (2.8 million, 0.9/3) and "The Mole" (3.1 million, 1.2/4).

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