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‘House’ Breaks Records; ‘Cane’ and ‘Reaper’ Post Average Debuts

September 26, 2007 11:55 AM

houseblog.jpgThe return of “House” was Fox’s highest-rated drama premiere in nearly seven years.

“House” came back with a 7.7 rating among adults 18 to 49—the best showing ever for the show without an “American Idol” lead-in. The show was up 7 percent over its premiere last season and boasted the biggest premiere rating so far this fall.

New series, however, continued to struggle for break-out viewership, with CBS’s “Cane” and The CW’s “Reaper” posting average returns.

“Cane” placed second in the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.9, building slightly on its “The Unit” season premiere lead-in (2.8). “Cane” was down 19 percent in the demo from the premiere of last year’s “Smith” in the time period and matched the November premiere of “3 Lbs” in the slot.

“Reaper” had a 1.5 rating (and a 1.8 among the network’s 18-to-34 target demographic), matching its “Beauty and the Geek” lead-in. The network points out that “Reaper” improved its time period by 7 percent compared to the “Veronica Mars” debut last year and built slightly among 18-to-34.

Overall Fox took the night with the season premiere of “Bones” (3.2, up 19 percent from last year) and “House.”

NBC and ABC tied for second place. NBC had a two-hour “Biggest Loser” (3.0) and the premiere of “Law & Order: SVU” (4.8, slipping 8 percent from last year but firmly winning the hour).

ABC aired part two of their “Dancing With the Stars” premiere (4.7, dropping 19 percent from Monday’s launch), followed by the season premiere of “Boston Legal” (2.5, the show’s lowest premiere ever).

CBS came in third place with the most consistent viewership across the board, with the premieres of “NCIS” (3.1) and “Unit” (2.8), both slightly down from last year, and “Cane” (2.9).

The CW was last with “Beauty & the Geek” (1.5, dipping slightly from last week) and “Reaper” (1.5).


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Comments (3)


Dang, look out for the CW! They are moving up fast! Watch your back, Fox, here comes...oh, I can't finish it with a straight face. CW by any other name is WB. Wreal Bad.


I actually recorded Reaper on CW and
think it has a shot but not a great one against House.
Which by the way is what i watched while recording Reaper.


Go House!

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