'Bones' scores season high

The opening Tuesday of the November sweep was a good one for vet dramas but not so much for the night’s first-year shows.

While Fox’s “House” and “Bones” and CBS’ “NCIS” all stood out from the crowd — and hit some season highs — ABC laffers “Cavemen” and “Carpoolers,” CBS drama “Cane” and CW drama “Reaper” delivered their lowest scores to date.

It will be interesting to see whether, given the current strike climate, the webs stick with underperforming shows. “Carpoolers,” “Cane” and “Reaper” were given a slight vote of confidence by their respective nets last month with orders for additional scripts.

According to Nielsen nationals that include same-day DVR playback, “House” (7.7/18 in 18-49, 18.17m) dominated the 9 o’clock hour and also posted its best-ever score among adults 18-34 (7.7/20) without the help of an “American Idol” lead-in. Kicking off the night, “Bones” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 9.52m) dug up season highs in placing second in its timeslot.

At CBS, “NCIS” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 18.15m) cruised to victory at 8 in demos such as 18-49 and 25-54 and finished just behind “House” as the night’s most-watched program overall; it was also the fifth-year show’s second largest total-viewer count to date. “The Unit” followed with respectable numbers in the tough 9 o’clock hour (3.0/7 in 18-49, 11.08m), but “Cane” continues to lag at 10 (1.9/5, 7.78m).

NBC was on the rise with a two-hour edition of “Biggest Loser” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.88m), which logged the show’s best numbers in five weeks, and won at 10 as usual even with a below-average “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (4.3/12, 11.70m).

At ABC, “Cavemen” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.88m) and “Carpoolers” (1.9/5, 5.49m) came back after a week off and tumbled to their lowest scores to date. That seemed to hamper the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.9/9, 17.06m), which was down vs. its recent outings but remained a solid No. 2 in its timeslot. “Boston Legal” was also low at 10 (2.6/7, 10.62m), placing second.

CW’s “Reaper” isn’t doing a whole lot at 9 (1.0/2 in 18-49, 2.42m), but it continues to perform in line with its lead-in from “Beauty and the Geek” (1.3/3, 2.65m).

In national same-day ratings for Monday, delayed a day due to Nielsen processing issues, highlights include more good news for rookie laffers “Samantha Who” on ABC and “Big Bang Theory” on CBS.

“Samantha” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 12.86m), despite an unusual 9:45 p.m. start time, again held onto a good chunk of its lead-in from “Dancing With the Stars” (4.9/12, 20.47m).

“Big Bang” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 9.37m) matched its season high in demos and drew its largest overall to date, again building on its lead-in from “How I Met Your Mother” (3.4/9, 8.77m), which also was on the high end. Both laffers seemed to benefit from promotion during the big New England-Indianapolis NFL game the previous day on the Eye.

NBC’s “Chuck” was on the rise at 8 (3.2/8 in 18-49, 7.65m), but fellow frosh “Journeyman” posted its lowest score yet at 10 (2.1/5, 5.13m). Fox was solid with two firstrun hours of “Prison Break,” which averaged a 3.4/8 in 18-49 and 7.85 million viewers overall.

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