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Last week NBC's Deal or No Deal made it into the Nielsen Top 20 primetime television shows -- twice. The Howie Mandel-hosted show, which we guess airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, seems to be popular with the common folk.

So last night, we checked it out for a minute. Unlike other game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, the show doesn't use any gray matter. You pick one case at a time (out of 20something) and try to find the ones with the lowest amounts first. After a few cases are picked, a mysterious guy in silhouette, perched in a booth above the stage, calls Howie on the phone to offer the contestant a deal:an amount of money or the opportunity to pick a few more cases.

How is this show on TV? We'd rather watch the Big Spin anyway, so deal LAist out of this one.