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NBC’s ‘SVU’ collars Tuesday auds

'Loser' also helps Peacock prevail in adults 18-49

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” set the ratings pace on Tuesday, while Fox’s medical drama “House” bowed to OK numbers.

The Peacock’s “Biggest Loser” also shone on the night, which saw NBC prevail in adults 18-49 and CBS in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

According to Nielsen, NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” delivered the night’s top scores (6.4 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, 16.38 million viewers overall), the sixth-year crime drama’s second highest ratings to date. It’s also the best score for the “L&O” franchise this fall.

“SVU” excelled at 10 despite tough competish from the special two-hour preem of CBS’ “The Amazing Race 6” (5.0/12 in 18-49, 11.79m), which more than doubled the net’s prior 18-49 average in the 9 p.m. hour this season with “Clubhouse” (2.3/6). This was the best start since the series’ inaugural edition in 2001.

“Race,” coming off a strong fifth edition in the summer and a second consecutive Emmy victory in the reality category, will air regularly from 9 to 10. Its premiere seg gets a special encore airing Saturday from 8 to 10.

Also for CBS, second-year drama “NCIS” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 15.27m) won at 8 in both adults 25-54 and total viewers, drawing its largest overall aud to date.

NBC shone from 8 to 9:30 with another 90-minute seg of weight-loss skein “The Biggest Loser” (series-best 4.5/12 in 18-49, 10.51m), which won its slot in 18-49 with NBC’s best non-Olympics result there since last November. “Scrubs” followed at 9:30 with its highest 18-49 rating since Sept. 28 (3.9/9).

At Fox, the premiere of “House” averaged a fourth-place 2.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.05 million viewers overall, building a bit on its lead-in from “Rebel Billionaire” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 5.45m). While not a great start, the Hugh Laurie-led drama did grow on the half-hour.

ABC was solid with comedies “George Lopez” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.74m), “According to Jim” (4.1/10, 11.31m) and “Rodney” (3.8/9, 10.13m) but fell off at 10 with “NYPD Blue” (season-low 2.8/7 in 18-49, 9.05m).

An edited, fisticuffs-free version of “The Vibe Awards” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 5.18m) gave UPN its best Tuesday of the season, up about 10% vs. last year. And the WB was again in growth mode on the night with “Gilmore Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 6.01m) and “One Tree Hill” (2.0/5, 4.18m).

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