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Fresh ‘House’ Gives Fox the Win; Fan Frenzy Fails to Goose ‘Chuck’ Ratings

April 28, 2009 11:44 AM

Fox took the lead Monday night over CBS’ comedy block and the season finales of struggling NBC dramas “Chuck” and “Heroes,” while ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” slipped week-over-week.

House

Fox’s “House” returned to its Monday night slot and scored a 4.5 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was flat from its last original telecast two weeks ago, but it improved on “Bones’” performance last week in the timeslot by 80%. At 9 p.m., “24” (3.4/8, 10.6 million) saw a slight 6% bump over last week.

CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” (4.9/12, 14.1 million) ranked as the top program of the night, even though last night’s episode was down 8% dip from the last original episode two weeks ago. The fresh “Men” lead-in gave “Rules of Engagement” (3.9/10, 11.3 million) a slight 3% bump over last week. In the 8 p.m. hour, new episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (3.4/10, 9.3 million) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10, 8.9 million) both posted losses from their most recent original telecasts two weeks ago (down 13% and 10%, respectively). At 10 p.m. “CSI: Miami” (3.3/9, 12 million) was down 11% from its last new episode two weeks ago and posted its lowest original rating ever while still winning the hour.

The season finale of “Chuck” (2.3/6, 6.1 million) was down one-tenth of a point from last week’s final rating but flat in the preliminary numbers, even with increased competition across the board. The show remains on the bubble for a renewal and has become the topic of a feverish fan campaign to ensure a third season. The season finale of “Heroes” (3.0/7, 6.4 million) was similarly down one-tenth of a point from last week, coming in 19% below the show’s season-to-date average. “Medium” (2.2/6, 6.7 million) took a much heftier dip to match its series-low performance.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.3/12, 19.1 million) was down 9% compared with last week to its lowest-rated performance episode this season, while “Surviving Suburbia” (2.4/6, 9.9 million) and “Castle” (2.1/6, 8.4 million) both came in flat.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.0/3, 2 million) and “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) both posted losses from last week (23% and 8%, respectively) against strong competition on the other networks. The network averaged a 2.3/6 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox was first in the demo (3.9/10, 11 million), but ABC led in total viewers (3.2/9, 14 million). CBS followed in second in the demo (3.8/10, 11.3 million), followed by NBC (2.5/7, 6.4 million) and The CW (1.0/3, 2.1 million).

Final Nationals update (2:30 p.m.): NBC’s “Chuck” picked up one-tenth of a point, rising to a 2.4/6, similar to last week. Fox’s “House” was up to a 4.6/13. ABC’s “Surviving Suburbia” (2.2/5) and “Castle” (2.0/5) both dipped a bit after factoring in a slight “Dancing With the Stars” run-over. At the network level, Fox rose to a 4.0/10, while CBS dipped to a 3.7/10.

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Yikes, am sorry to hear that about Medium. It's one of the very few shows that I consistently enjoy. It's never spectacularly good, but I think I've probably watched every episode in its run and never once failed to enjoy the characters, the writing, the situations. It doesn't get the critical buzz and is about a middle aged woman which is why the Heroes fan boys don't stick around. I think it would be better paired with another cop show even though that may seem counter-intuitive. I worry about its future when Leno takes five hours out of the prime time schedule in September.... if only Alison could tell us what comes next!

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