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Fox’s “American Idol” kicked off its second week of the season in typically dominant fashion and helped lead-out drama “House” to a timeslot victory as well, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “American Idol” (12.0/31 in adults 18-49, 27.7 million viewers overall) outdelivered the other five broadcast nets combined by 13% in adults 18-49 and by 40% in adults 18-34. It was down a bit vs. last year’s hot pace, but up vs. 2003. Big showing helped medical mystery series “House” to series-high results (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (5.4/14 in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) closed out the night with a victory at 10 over CBS’ “Judging Amy” (3.3/8 in adults 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere, CBS was a strong second at 9 with “Amazing Race” (4.7/11 in adults 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), while ABC was paced by middle-hour comedies “According to Jim” (4.2/10 in adults 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and “Rodney” (3.8/9 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 8.5/21; CBS, 3.6/9; NBC, 3.6/9; ABC, 3.2/8; WB, 2.0/5; UPN, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 20.2 million; CBS, 11.7 million; NBC, 9.5 million; ABC, 8.9 million; WB, 4.6 million; UPN, 2.1 million.