Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s “House” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” were the standout performers Tuesday, a night that featured numerous local news break-ins for Election Night coverage. The Big Three also devoted the final hour of primetime exclusively to the election results.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s “House” ruled in the 9 o’clock hour (6.8 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall), roughly tripling its lead-in from “Standoff” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall). More viewers seemed to have been aware that “House” had returned following a baseball-dictated hiatus, as the show rose 1 full point over the prior week, which had been its first original episode in a month.

At ABC, a special half-hour “Dancing With the Stars” recap at 8 won with a 4.9/13 in 18-49 and 18.7 million viewers overall, followed by the regular hourlong performance show from 8:30 to 9:30 (6.1/15 in 18-49, 22.5 million viewers overall).

CBS was above average with “NCIS” at 8 (second-place 4.2/11 in 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall) and then placed third at 9 with “The Unit” (3.5/8 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall). NBC performed modestly both at 8 with “Friday Night Lights” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and at 9 with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall).

On the affils of the Big Three from 10 to 11, ABC (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and NBC (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) were tied for the young-adult lead, with CBS (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) not far behind. Same held true in the news demo of adults 25-54, with ABC and NBC (both at 2.9/7) slightly ahead of CBS (2.7/7).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.5/11; ABC, 4.2/10; CBS, 3.3/8; NBC, 2.4/6; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.6 million; CBS, 11.5 million; Fox, 10.7 million; NBC, 7.0 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 3.6 million.

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