‘House,’ ‘Dancing’ top Tuesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC rode another strong perf by “Dancing With the Stars” to a demo victory on Tuesday, while the return of “House” also scored big ratings for Fox.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, 9 o’clock Fox drama “House” (5.8 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) was the night’s top show among young adults, performing at about the same level it had earlier in the season during a three-week run in the 8 o’clock hour. “House” had to pretty much self-start, as “Standoff” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) looked weak in its first try in the leadoff spot.

ABC was in control from 8 to 9:30 with “Dancing With the Stars” (5.3/15 in 18-49, 20.4 million viewers overall) but drooped to fourth at 9:30 with comedy “Help Me Help You” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall). At 10, “Boston Legal” placed second (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) and was on par with recent results.

CBS looked good as usual at 8 with “NCIS” (second-place 3.9/11 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) but then dropped some at 9 with “The Unit” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which seemed to be affected by the return of “House.”

NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) was also on the low end at 9, but the net rebounded to prevail at 10 with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (4.7/13 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall). A repeat of “Friday Night Lights” got the night off to a slow start for the Peacock (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night:ABC, 4.1/11; Fox, 3.9/11; CBS, 3.2/9; NBC, 3.0/8; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.3 million; CBS, 11.8 million; Fox, 9.5 million; NBC, 8.6 million; Univision, 3.1 million; CW, 2.7 million.

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