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Ratings Chart Attack!

‘House’ Adds On, ‘Dancing’ Recap Sparkles

October 22, 2008 11:24 AM

Fox’s “House” perked up last night in the ratings, scoring its highest numbers since its premiere a month ago, while a recap episode of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC substantially improved the time period of the knocked-out “Opportunity Knocks.”


“House” drew a 5.5 rating/15 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data. “House,” up 4% from last week, combined with a flat “Fringe” (4.0/10) to win Tuesday with a nightly average of a 4.7/13.

On ABC, “Opportunity Knocks” has been yanked in favor of a “Dancing With the Stars” performance recap (2.0/6), which saw a 54% increase from what “Knocks” did last week.

The “Dancing” results show at 9 p.m. posted a 3.8/9, kissing singer Toni Braxton so long. The show increased 15% from last week.

“Eli Stone” held steady from its season premiere, pulling in a 2.2/6. However, the show probably will decline once final numbers are released, as “Dancing” overran by two minutes.

ABC finished fourth on the night with a 2.7/7.

Leading the night in total viewers with an average of 14.6 million, CBS took second in adults 18-49 with a 3.2/9.

“The Mentalist” (3.4/9, 15.3 million) and “Without a Trace” (2.6/7, 11.6 million) stayed essentially flat week-to-week.

“NCIS” declined 8% in adults 18-49 from last week to a 3.6/10, while drawing 17.1 million viewers.

“The Biggest Loser” (2.9/8) dropped 7%, while “Law & Order: SVU” slipped 5% week-to-week, leading NBC to a close third with a 3.1/8.

While “90210” on The CW ran a repeat, someone should have informed viewers of the original “Privileged” (0.7/2) that followed.

“Privileged” slipped 30% in the key demo of women 18-34 from its last original episode two weeks ago, down to a 1.4/4.

The CW placed fifth for the night with a 0.7/2 in adults 18-49.

Odds and Ends:

MyNet continues to show improvement with “Smackdown” sprucing up its schedule. Setting yet another viewership record on Friday in the network’s key male demos, “Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed” enjoyed a similar bump from its premiere. Conjuring 2 million viewers on Oct. 13, “Magic” improved 28% versus its premiere on Oct. 6.


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