Fox builds up 'House,' 'Bones'


Fox has given early pickups to "House" and "Bones," handing out full-season orders to both drama series for 2007-08.

"House," which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, has been renewed for a fourth season, while "Bones," which airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, will be back for a third installment.

Both series have benefited recently from Fox's megahit reality series "American Idol," which serves as a lead-in to "House" and a lead-out to "Bones." This week's episode of "House" -- Fox's top drama and television's No. 3-ranked scripted series in the adults 18-49 demo -- tied its series-high numbers in the demo (11.2 rating/25 share, an 86% retention from "Idol") and posted its second-highest total-viewer numbers ever (26 million). Season-to-date, "House" is averaging 17.4 million viewers and a 7.1/18 in 18-49.

"Bones" also has been posting its best numbers in nearly a year among 18-49. Last week's episode drew 12.6 million viewers -- tying its best performance ever -- and a 4.4/12 in the demo. The show is averaging 8.8 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in 18-49 for the season to date.

"House," which stars two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie as the brilliant but unconventional Dr. House, is from Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Prods. and Bad Hat Harry Prods. in association with NBC Universal Television Studio. Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer and Dan Sackheim are the executive producers.

"Bones," from Josephson Entertainment and Far Field Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox Television, stars Emily Deschanel as a forensic anthropologist and David Boreanaz as an FBI special agent who investigate homicide cases. Barry Josephson, Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are the executive producers.