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Fox Wins Tuesday Ratings Race

Nov 8, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox got some overdue good news Tuesday night when “House” led the network to a ratings victory over incumbent ABC.

The acclaimed medical drama garnered a 6.8 during its 9 p.m. slot among viewers 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers, which makes it the highest-rated program for the night. What’s more, 8 p.m. lead-in “Standoff” rebounded 15 percent from a series low last week to earn a still-modest 2.3.

Fox has been trailing in fourth place in the season-to-date ratings race, with Major League Baseball and new shows underperforming. Last night’s programs added up to a 4.5 average for Fox, whose win was further aided by midterm election coverage. In the10 p.m. hour, ABC, CBS and NBC programmed news coverage and drew humble viewership, whereas Fox had no network activity.

ABC News fared the best of the trio, garnering a 2.7 thanks to a “Dancing With the Stars” lead-in, while NBC News posted a 2.3 and CBS News had a 2.1.

For the evening, ABC was second, with a 4.2 fueled by season-high “Dancing” viewership (6.1) at 8:30 p.m. and a “Dancing” recap at 8 p.m. (4.9) that still managed to lead the field.

CBS’s procedural block kicked off at 8 p.m. with a season-high “NCIS” (4.2), then “The Unit” (3.5) followed by election coverage.

NBC ‘s “Friday Night Lights” at 8 p.m. is still struggling, earning a 2.5. A “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” repeat at 9 p.m. garnered a 2.5 and was followed by election coverage.

On The CW, “Gilmore Girls” earned a 1.9, while “Veronica Mars” pulled a 1.3, improving in key female demos.