'House,' 'Law & Order: SVU' dominate ratings

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” results show remains a potent force on Tuesdays, but the night belongs to dramas — and one on a different network each hour. Vets “NCIS” on CBS, “House” on Fox and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC all rolled in their timeslots this week.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen that include same-day DVR playback, “NCIS” (3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 17.4 million viewers overall) remained in control of the night’s opening hour, though Fox’s “Bones” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) was competitive in 18-49 and led the timeslot among the under-35 crowd. ABC’s “Cavemen” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) dipped to a low, while comedy partner “Carpoolers” matched its lowest score to date (1.9/5, 5.2 million viewers overall).

NBC was competitive from 8 to 10 with “The Biggest Loser” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), which matched its season high in 18-49 while drawing its largest overall audience.

Looking at the 9 o’clock hour, Fox’s “House” (7.0/17 in 18-49, 16.9 million viewers overall) was again on top in all key demos, while ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 17.5 million viewers overall) ran a solid second and overtook the medical mystery series in total viewers for a second straight week. With NBC’s “Loser” on the rise in the hour, CBS drama “The Unit” slid to fourth in young adults (2.9/7 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall).

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (4.4/12 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall) dominated as usual, standing as the night’s No. 2 program in 18-49. ABC’s “Boston Legal” ran second (roughly 2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), with CBS’ “Cane” languishing in third (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall).

As for the CW, opening-hour unscripted series “Beauty and the Geek” isn’t picking up much steam as it nears the end of its season (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), but “Reaper” was up slightly at 9 o’clock (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.2/13; NBC, 3.7/10; ABC, 2.9/8; CBS, 2.8/7; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 13.0 million; CBS, 11.9 million; ABC, 11.4 million; NBC, 9.6 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 2.4 million

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