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Tuesday Regulars Give Fox the Win

November 19, 2008 12:12 PM

Fox’s “Fringe” and “House” dominated the night, with “Fringe” gaining week-to-week while “House” held steady in the ratings.

Fringe

Brining in a 4.1 rating/10 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, “Fringe” increased 8% versus last week, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

“House” held fast at a 5.5/15 from last week. Fox walked away the clear winner Tuesday night with a 4.8/12 average.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” lost a little steam from last week, declining 9% to a 3.2/8. “Law and Order: SVU” gained 6%, up to a 3.8/10. NBC took a second with a 3.4/8.

Moving in tandem, “NCIS” (3.5/9, 18 million) and “The Mentalist” (3.5/8, 15.8 million) dipped 13% from last week. “Without a Trace” declined two-tenths of a ratings point to a 2.6/7, and brought in 11.9 million viewers. For the night, CBS placed third in adults 18-49 with a 3.2/8, while taking first in total viewers with 15.2 million.

Hitting the home stretch, “Dancing With the Stars” (4.0/10) saw an 11% increase over last Tuesday, while “Eli Stone” (1.8/5) stayed flat. ABC placed fourth with a 2.7/7.

For its second straight week, The CW’s “90210” (1.5/4) moved the needle upwards in the network’s key demo of women 18-34, taking in a 3.0/8, up a tenth of a ratings point from last week.

“Privileged” (0.8/2) declined the same amount, one-tenth of a ratings point, in the women 18-34 demo, pulling in a 1.9/5.

Odds and Ends:

—Over at MyNetworkTV, “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” set yet more records in the network’s key demographics of males, drawing a 1.7 rating in men 18-49 and a 1.9 in men 25-54 on Friday. And a horrible, scary thought for NBC: MyNet beat NBC in adults 18-49 on Friday by 8%. For the third week in a row.

Personally, I think more people would start watching “Crusoe” if there was a crossover with Umaga, the Samoan Bulldozer.

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