Gossip Girl by Giovanni Rufino/The CW
Ladies and gentlemen, my calculator and I (sort of) welcome that time of year again. Now, without further ado, Monday's ratings highlights:

" Deal or No Deal was the night's most-watched program, as 10.4 million total viewers watched Howie hand out the show's first million-dollar prize.

" Prison Break's two-hour season opener averaged 6.48 mil, a 12 percent drop from a year ago. C'mon, people, give the boys a new chance! The set-up this time around is sweet.

" Gossip Girl kicked off its sophomore run by drawing 3.38 mil, a bit shy of its September 2007 series premiere but a 380K improvement on its first season finale. That represents GG's best-ever ratings in several key demos, including adults 18-34 and women 18-49.

" One Tree Hill delivered 3.14 mi, the same audience who tuned into last May's "Who did Lucas call?" cliffhanger.

Next week: Sarah Connor rejoins the mix! - Matt Mitovich

Related:
" Read our recaps of Prison Break, Tree Hill and more
" Cheers & Jeers: Deal with the Devil?