Fox makes second ‘House’ call

Frosh skein is first to get a second-season greenlight

Fox is refilling its prescription for “House,” giving the hit NBC Universal TV Studios-produced medical drama an early renewal for next season.

Fox frosh skein is the first to get a second-season greenlight from the network, which, like most webs, usually doesn’t make decisions on renewals until May. But with “House” on fire in the ratings, Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman decided she didn’t need any more time to make a decision on the pickup.

“We wanted to get (the producers) going and ready for next season as soon as possible, so they can put the best pieces in place for next season,” Berman said.

David Shore, Paul Attansasio, Katie Jacobs and Bryan Singer are exec producers of the Shore-created hour. Hugh Laurie is already generating Emmy buzz for his perf as Dr. Greg House, the painkiller-addicted genius who leads a team of doctors in solving medical mysteries.

“House” has shown positive vital signs since its debut, regularly improving upon its lead-in this fall when it followed the net’s ultra-low-rated Richard Branson reality skein.

‘Idol’-ized

Nielsen numbers have skyrocketed since “House” began airing after “American Idol,” allowing the skein to win its 9 p.m. Tuesday timeslot during the just-wrapped February sweeps.

Over a total of 14 airings, including six post-“Idol,” “House” has averaged a 4.1 rating/10 share iin adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers. Skein set a total viewer record this week by attracting 15.6 million pairs of eyeballs.

NUTS produces “House” in association with Heel & Toe Prods. and Bad Hat Harry Prods.

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