CBS edges Tues. viewership win

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NEW YORK -- CBS won a near-three-way-tie in viewership Tuesday while Fox ran away with the night's title in adults 18-49.

A repeat of "House" as the night's top show in viewership and adults 18-49, with Nielsen Media Research estimating that the medical drama averaged 11.8 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic.

It followed a lackluster performance at 8 p.m. by Fox's "Standoff" (6.2 million, 2.2/6), which came in fourth in the time period against ABC's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (11.2 million, 3.9/11), a repeat of "NCIS" (11.5 million, 2.5/7) and even NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (6.2 million, 2.2/6). And "Standoff" was only barely ahead in the demographic to The CW's "Gilmore Girls" (4.8 million, 2.1/6), which was the show's highest ratings this season in women 18-34.

Beyond "House," there wasn't much to write home about at 9 p.m. "The Unit" (9 million, 2.4/6) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8.1 million, 2.4/6) were repeats. ABC's "Big Day" (6.3 million, 2.3/6) had another bad day, down 41% from last week's premiere. And "Help Me Help You" (5.2 million, 1.8/5) needed lots of help, falling to its lowest adults 18-49 rating of the season.

With "Law & Order: SVU" (10 million, 3.1/9) in repeat, "Boston Legal" (10.1 million, 3.0/8) won in viewership but was edged out by "SVU" in the demo. The "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" came in third place with 6. 8 million viewers and a 2.7/8, down 29% compared to last December's 3.8/10.

Weekly averages: ABC (9 million, 3.0/8); CBS (9.1 million, 2.5/7); NBC (8.2 million, 2.7/7); Fox (9 million, 3.5/9); and The CW (3.4 million, 1.5/4).
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