‘House’ Return Boosts Fox

Nov 1, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“House” returned Tuesday night to become the top-rated show, boosting Fox into second place for the evening.

“House’s” 9 p.m. (ET) time-period premiere pulled in a 5.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research preliminary numbers. That’s down slightly from the last season’s 6.1 , but analysts noted overall level of households using television were down due to the Halloween holiday.

The return of Fox’s “Standoff” at 8 p.m. didn’t fare as well, pulling down a meager 2.0 in its new time slot, off 38 percent from its own lowest-rated performance when in the 9 p.m. hour.

In first place for the evening, once again, was ABC, leading off with an on-par outing of “Dancing With the Stars” (5.3). “Dancing” was followed by “Help Me Help You” at 9:30 p.m. (2.8), posting its lowest rating to date, and “Boston Legal” (2.9) was on par.

CBS finished third with its procedural block. “NCIS” (3.9 at 8 p.m.) and “CSI: NY” (2.5 at 10 p.m.) were about average, though “The Unit” at 9 p.m. posted its lowest rating ever (3.2).

Shifting to fourth-place Fox, a rerun of Monday night’s “Friday Night Lights” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.6. That kind of lead-in didn’t help “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.7), which had its lowest rating of the season, while “Law & Order: SVU” (4.7) matched its lowest.

The CW’s “Gilmore Girls” rerun at 8 p.m. pulled a 1.3 and “Veronica Mars” a 1.2.