'Cavemen' loses viewers second week out

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NEW YORK -- ABC's "Cavemen" dropped, while Tuesday's "House" and "Law & Order: SVU" were up week-to-week.

The ABC sitcom dropped 25% in the adults 18-49 demographic and shed 2.2 million viewers compared to its premiere, according to Nielsen Media Research. "Cavemen" (7 million, 2.6/8) came in third place in the demo behind "NCIS" (16.4 million, 3.4/10) and "Bones" (8.5 million, 3.2/9). The "Cavemen" troubles stalled "Carpoolers" (7.3 million, 2.8/8), which built on its lead-in but was still down 20% in the demo compared to last Tuesday's premiere. "NCIS" was down 5% compared to last week while "Bones" was up 7%.

Meanwhile, "House" (18 million, 7.4/18) had no trouble holding on to the lead in viewership and the demo, increasing at the half hour and coming out ahead of last week in both measures. It also beat ABC's powerhouse "Dancing with the Stars" (16.4 million, 4.1/10), which was down slightly in the demo week-to-week. "The Unit" (11 million, 3.0/7) stayed even, and "The Biggest Loser" (6.5 million, 2.7/7) increased steadily between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. but was down 18% from last week in adults 18-49.

But CBS had trouble at 10 p.m., where "Cane" (9.1 million, 2.3/7) fell again. "Cane" was down 8% from last week and off 23% from its premiere three weeks ago. CBS's loss was NBC's gain with "Law & Order: SVU" (12.3 million, 4.9/14) up 9% from last week. ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.6 million, 2.8/8) was down slightly from last week.

The CW saw increases for "Beauty and the Geek" in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 among other demos while "Reaper" was down in viewership and adults 18-49.

For the entire night, Fox (13.3 million, 5.3/14) won in viewership and adults 18-49 followed by NBC (8.5 million, 3.3/9), ABC (11.4 million, 3.2/9), CBS (12.2 million, 2.9/8) and The CW (2.9 million, 1.4/4).
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