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‘House’ Sets Ratings Record

Jan 31, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Powered by an “American Idol” lead-in, Fox’s medical drama “House” Tuesday night posted the highest ratings for a scripted program on any network in nearly a year.

“House” earned an 11.2 rating among adults 18 to 49 last night at 9 p.m., according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. The 11.2 was “House’s” best rating ever and the show was the highest-rated scripted telecast since a “Grey’s Anatomy” episode on ABC in February 2006.

This week’s installment of “House” was Fox’s highest-rated drama since an “X-Files” episode in 1999.

The “House” numbers demonstrate the power of “Idol” to bolster audiences for other shows on Fox. Before “Idol’s” mid-season return, the network had said that with the help of the talent contest, “House” had potential to become the top-rated drama on television. Fox relies on “Idol’s” popularity to lift it from its customary fourth-place ranking in the ratings at the end of each year.

“American Idol” also performed strongly Tuesday, receiving a 13.3 rating, the same as last week.

With a 12.3 average rating for the night, Fox won the evening. CBS placed a very distant second with a 2.4 average for an evening of repeats.

NBC, which scored a 2.3 average rating for Tuesday evening, featured an original “Dateline” (2.1) followed by repeats. ABC posted a 1.9 average with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” repeat (1.7), followed by the season finale of “Big Day” (1.4), “Knights of Prosperity” (1.4) and “Boston Legal” (2.7).

The CW’s 1.7 average rating was built on “Gilmore Girls” (2.1) and “Veronica Mars” (1.2).

(Editor: Baumann)