`Heroes' returns in nick of time - opposite `24'

NBC's world-saving freshman drama ends hiatus, and finds itself pitted against Fox's world-saving favorite

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January 22, 2007|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

Talk about a superhero showdown. In a risky counterprogramming move, NBC will begin pitting its fall hit, Heroes, tonight against Fox's anti-terrorist thriller, 24, and its larger-than-life protagonist Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).

The battle reflects a growing consensus among network programmers that quality shows will find an audience - even against the toughest competition. Already viewers are being forced to choose on Thursdays between ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. So far, each remains a Top 10 Nielsen hit.

Heroes returns at 9 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11).

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