‘House’ Comes on Strong

May 16, 2007  •  Post A Comment

For the first time, a series following “American Idol” posted a higher initial rating than the reality titan.
Fox’s “House” scored a 9.2 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsens, building on the “Idol” rating of 8.9. That’s the first time a series has ever improved on an “Idol” lead-in.
However, as expected, “Idol” surpassed “House” in the national ratings, registering a 9.4 to the medical drama’s 9.2. “Idol” traditionally runs a couple of minutes into “House,” accounting for the shift from the prelims.
“House” still retained a record 98 percent of “Idol’s” audience.
Last week, “House” tied “Idol” for the first time in the preliminary ratings with an 8.9 each, only for “House” to slip to retaining 96 percent of its lead-in. This week, “Idol” scored the same preliminary rating as last week, but “House” grew to 9.2.
This season, “House” has bucked the trend for dramas, showing year-over-year gains during recent months where most dramas have sagged. “Idol,” on the other hand, started strong with a record-breaking premiere, only to slip compared to last year.
Among competitors, the “Gilmore Girls” finale garnered a 2.2, tying its strongest performance for the season. ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” results show hit its best numbers since last November’s finale (4.7). CBS’ broadcast of the “Country Music Awards” (2.7) had the lowest rating for the telecast in at least 17 years.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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