'House' repeats win Mon. crown for Fox

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NEW YORK -- Two hours of "House" repeats carried Fox over the finish line in adults 18-49 ahead of sparse original competition with the second night of "Identity" and an hour of ABC's sitcom "Big Day."

After a strong premiere Monday following "Deal or No Deal," "Identity" had some trouble flying on its own. It won its 8 p.m. time period in the demo -- barely -- against repeats on CBS and Fox and a holiday program on ABC and was down severely from Monday night's premiere.

"Identity" averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. That was just ahead of ABC's "I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown" (8.7 million, 2.8/8) in the demo and nowhere near CBS' repeat "NCIS" (11.2 million, 2.5/7) in viewership.

Fox's 8 p.m. "House" (6.9 million, 2.6/8) was nothing to write home about but that changed at 9 p.m. with another repeat that won its time period with 10 million viewers and a 3.8/10 in the demo. It cut through an hour of "Big Day," with 9 p.m.'s half hour averaging 5.1 million viewers and a 1.9/5 and the 9:30 p.m. episode's 4.3 million and 1.6/4 only slightly ahead of last week's "Help Me Help You," which averaged a 1.4/4 in the demo. It was the lowest rating for "Big Day" so far. "The Unit" (8.8 million, 2.5/7) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8.2 million, 2.6/7) were repeats.

The 10 p.m. hour was all repeats, won by NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (8.4 million, 2.7/8) against "CSI: NY" (8.1 million, 2.6/7) and ABC's "Boston Legal" (5 million, 1.5/4).

Nightly averages: ABC (6.2 million, 2.0/6); CBS (9.4 million, 2.5/7); NBC (8.3 million, 2.7/8); Fox (8.5 million, 3.2/9); and The CW (2.6 million, 1.1/3).
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