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‘House’ Gives Tuesday Crown to Fox

Sep 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox was the No. 1 network Tuesday in adults 18 to 49 thanks to the performance of its 8 p.m. (ET) medical drama “House,” which took home the title of highest-rated show for the night in the demographic.

“House” scored a 5.9 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.

ABC’s 90-minute reality show “Dancing With the Stars” was the second-highest-rated program of the night with a 5.2 rating. CBS’s 8 p.m. military procedural “NCIS” was even with its season premiere performance last week (3.4), while NBC garnered a 1.8 rating in adults 18 to 49 with a repeat of its new sci-fi drama “Heroes” in the time period.

On The CW, the latest season of “Gilmore Girls” debuted with a 2.0 in adults 18 to 49, down 28 percent from its season premiere on The WB last year but up 53 percent from last year’s season debut of “America’s Next Top Model” encore performance in the time period. In adults 18 to 34, “Gilmore” scored a 2.1, down 32 percent from its season premiere performance in the young adult demo last year but up 40 percent from the “Top Model” repeat in adults 18 to 34.

At 9:30 p.m., ABC premiered its new comedy “Help Me Help You” with a 3.6 in adults 18 to 49, down 22 percent from the year-ago debut of canceled drama “Commander in Chief” in the time period (4.6).

CBS’s military action drama “The Unit” scored a 3.6 at 9 p.m., up 6 percent from its series premiere the previous week. NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and Fox’s “Standoff” tied with a 3.4 in adults 18 to 49, while a repeat of The CW’s new drama “Runaway” scored a 0.8 in both adults 18 to 49 and adults 18 to 34.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” was tops in the time period with a 5.0 in adults 18 to 49, while CBS’s criminal drama “Smith” scored a 3.1, down 14 percent from its premiere last week. ABC was third in the time period with “Boston Legal” (2.9).

Fox was first for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 4.7, followed by ABC (4.2), CBS and NBC (both 3.4) and The CW (1.4).