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ABC Wins Tuesday With ‘Dancing’

Sep 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC was the top network Tuesday, thanks to the two-hour season premiere of its reality ratings performer “Dancing With the Stars” and a special preview of its Friday night romantic drama “Men in Trees.” But Fox took home the prize for highest-rated show of the night with a new episode of its medical drama “House.”

“Dancing” scored a 5.7 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 58 percent over the year-ago premieres of “According to Jim” and the canceled “Commander in Chief” in the time period, and also up 19 percent over its own second-installment premiere in January 2006.

At 8 p.m. (ET) “House” scored a 5.8 in adults 18 to 49, edging out “Dancing” to win the night. Even with the win, “House” was down 19 percent from its season premiere last week. Half-hour to half-hour, “House” (5.4, 6.3) easily beat the first half of “Dancing” (4.4, 5.2). Also at 8 p.m. the season finale of CBS’s summer reality series “Big Brother: All Stars” scored a 3.1, followed by the series finale of NBC’s gross-out reality series “Fear Factor” (1.7).

ABC made up the difference at 9 p.m., when “Dancing” outperformed the second episode of Fox’s “Standoff,” which scored a 3.4 in adults 18 to 49. CBS also eclipsed Fox at 9 p.m. with its reality series “Rockstar: Supernova” (3.5). In addition, “Standoff” dropped 28 percent from its series premiere last week.

At 10 p.m. ABC’s “Trees” scored a 3.7 in adults 18 to 49, outdistancing repeats of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (3.0) and CBS’s “NCIS” (1.9).

“Trees” also outperformed the year-ago season premiere of legal drama “Boston Legal” in the time period by 9 percent.