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Fox Takes Tuesday Ratings on ‘House’ and ‘Fringe’

September 24, 2008 9:47 AM

HouseFox took Tuesday night in the ratings with its “House”/”Fringe” duo, as debuts on the rest of the networks’ numbers ran the gamut from solid (CBS’ “The Mentalist) to unimpressive (ABC’s “Opportunity Knocks”).

Fox obtained a nightly average of a 4.5 rating/12 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. “House” did a 4.9/14, down 13% from last week’s season premiere. “Fringe” declined 18% from last week’s second-week high, with a 4.2/10.

Here’s the rest of the night’s stats:

—CBS trotted out “The Mentalist” (3.5/9) to good numbers. “Mentalist” grew 25% over “The Unit’s” season premiere last year in that time slot. “NCIS” increased 9% from last year’s debut. “Without a Trace” (2.8/7) took a hit from last year’s premiere on Thursday, declining 40%.

—ABC’s “Opportunity Knocks” stumbled in its debut, pulling in a 1.8/5. Compared to last fall’s premieres in the time period (“Cavemen”/ “Carpoolers” on Oct. 2), “Knocks” tumbled 49% versus the average rating. The second part of “Dancing With the Stars’” (4.7/12) first week stayed consistent with last year’s part two, only slipping one-tenth of a ratings point.

—NBC’s “Biggest Loser: Families” (2.9/8) dipped 9% from its season premiere last week. “Law & Order: SVU” (3.7/10) dropped 23% from its premiere last year, marking a season premiere low.

—The CW’s “90210” declined 15% from last week in its key demo of women 18-34, drawing a 2.8/8. “Privileged” also slipped in the demo by 14% to a 1.8/5.

As for tonight, NBC rolls into mid-week with one of its most heavily promoted debuts, “Knight Rider,” as well as the season premiere of “Lipstick Jungle.” CBS is all brand-new with a new night for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and the debut of “Gary Unmarried,” as well as premieres for “CSI: NY” and “Criminal Minds.”

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