Tuesday premieres: “Cavemen,” “Carpoolers” thumb their noses at crix

Cavemenpreem“Cavemen” and “Carpoolers” opened respectably on Tuesday in the 8 p.m. hour. It’s always a tough assignment for two new shows to lead off the night, especially for shows that have been beaten up pretty good by crix.

The dawn of “Cavemen” (pictured left) brought in 9 million homo sapiens and 3.3 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demo, per prelim Nielsens. At 8:30 p.m., “Carpoolers” (pictured below) held the crowd, averaging 9 million commuters and 3.4/9 in the key demo, and that was enough to keep the ABC comedies in second place for the hour behind CBS’ ever-popular “NCIS” (16.3 million, 3.6/10).

ABC’s fortunes perked up at 9 p.m. with the “Dancing with the Stars” results show (15.7 million, 4.3/10) but Fox topped the hour with another strong perf from “House” (17.3 million, 7.1/17). Sadly, CW’s much-loved 9 p.m. entry “Reaper” (2.8 million, 1.6/4 in adults 18-34) isn’t scaring up much business in its toughCarpoolerspreem  time slot, though it is a positive sign that “Reaper” ranked No. 2 to “House” for the hour in the dude demos of men 18-24 (2.3) and male teens (1.7).

At 10 p.m., CBS’ “Cane” (9.2 million, 2.5/7) was pretty soft against NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (11.7 million, 4.5/12), which is also off its usual game, and ABC’s “Boston Legal” (10.9 million, 3.1/8).

With the aud transfusion supplied by “House,” Fox had no trouble winning the night overall in viewers (12.6 million) and adults 18-49 (5.0/13).

–Cynthia Littleton