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Fox Wins Demo With Returning ‘House,’ Debuting ‘Bones’

Sep 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s debuting Tuesday night lineup won the network the night in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, with the second-season premiere of the medical mystery “House” at 9 p.m. (ET) coming in as the highest-rated Tuesday night show in the demo.

“House” scored a 5.7 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was more than double “House’s” 2.7 rating debut last November, but down 26 percent from its season finale in May (7.7).

“House” lead-in “Bones” scored a 3.8 in the demo, wining the 8 p.m. hour. “Bones” had an 81 percent improvement over the year-ago premiere of the failed reality series “The Rebel Billionaire.”

The season premiere of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” at 8 p.m. scored a 3.3 in the demo, down 20 percent from its October debut last season. That was good enough for “Loser” to take the No. 3 spot for the night in adults 18 to 49. The 90-minute special premiere saw growth half-hour to half-hour, rising from a 2.7 in its first half-hour to a 3.8 in its third.

Also at 8 p.m. The WB’s sixth-season opener of “Gilmore Girls” had its best premiere ever in the demo, scoring a 2.7. “Gilmore” won the night in females 18 to 34 (4.6) and female teens (5.4), and was second to “House” in women 18 to 34 (4.3).

“Gilmore” lead-out “Supernatural” scored a 2.4 in adults 18 to 49, improving over last season’s “One Tree Hill” premiere in the time slot by 14 percent (2.1). “Supernatural” also improved over last year’s premiere in adults 18 to 34 and total viewers. The show was second in the time period to “House” in all teen and younger male demos.