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‘House’ Returns to Big Ratings

Sep 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox easily won Tuesday in adults 18 to 49 with the season premiere of its medical drama “House” and the debut of its new hostage negotiator one hour “Standoff.”

“House” scored a 7.1 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing and same day viewing via digital video recorders.

That was the clear winner for the night among all programming, and 20 percent over its September 2005 season premiere in the demo (5.9 versus 7.1). “House” also grew from a 6.6 its first half-hour at 8 p.m. (ET) to a 7.6 at 8:30 p.m. It was also up from the year ago time period premiere of “Bones,” improving 82 percent (3.9 versus 7.1).

At 9p.m. “Standoff” scored a 4.7 in the demo, winning its time period and taking the title of second highest rated program on Tuesday. That was down 20 percent from former time period holder “House’s” year ago debut, but up 47 percent from last week’s premiere of reality series “Duets” in the time period (3.2).

“Standoff” did drop during the half-hour, starting with a 5.0 at 9 p.m. and declining to 4.5 at 9:30 p.m.