'Idol,' 'House' win Tues. for Fox

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NEW YORK -- Fox won Tuesday night's primetime with "American Idol" and the return of "House" with the best retention in viewership of any show following the network's reality powerhouse.

"American Idol" was the night's top show in all key demographics, with Nielsen estimating 27.8 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/29 share in adults 18-49. That's up 4% in viewership and 3% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

"House" (24.5 million, 9.6/24) dominated its time period at 9 p.m., scoring an 88% viewership retention. "House" is building another big story for Fox, with a 27% increase in viewership and 37% rise in the demo compared to last year.

Meanwhile, the premiere of "The Pussycat Dolls" (3.9 million, 1.7/4) delivered improvement for The CW in the 9 p.m. time period. It was second in adults 18-34, women 18-34 and teen demos tying the network's best rating in adults 18-34 and giving it the best ratings so far in viewership, adults 18-49 and other demos.

Most of the other networks' fare was repeats, with the exception of magazine shows "Dateline NBC" (6.6 million, 2.2/6) plus ABC's "Primetime: The Outsiders" (6.7 million, 2.2/6) and CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" (8.6 million, 2.4/7).

Nightly averages: ABC (6.1 million, 1.8/6); CBS (9.6 million, 2.2/6); NBC (7.6 million, 2.3/6); Fox (26.2 million, 10.3/26); and The CW (4.2 million, 1.9/6).
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