Heroes continued to soar as the #1 new series on television in adults 18-49 and other key adult demos, as NBC averaged a 3.2 rating and 9 share in 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers overall for the week of October 16-22, according to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

NBC's Heroes was the highest-rated first-year series on television this week in the key demographic of adults 18-49, ranking #8 among all 92 programs last week in that key demo. Season-to-date, Heroes ranks #7 (tie) among all 107 programs in adults 18-49 and is the top-ranked freshman series in the demo.

Heroes was also the top-ranked new series in adults 18-34, ranking #3 overall and averaging a 5.8/15 in that demo. Heroes outperformed all programs on television last week in that demo excepting only Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. Heroes was also the top freshman series in the adult 25-54 demographic, in which it averaged a 5.9/13 and ranked #16 among all 92 shows.