Fox still on top with 'Idol,' 'House' combo


NEW YORK -- Fox won Tuesday's primetime with "American Idol" and "House."

"Idol" averaged 25.6 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the top show in both key ratings measures, though it was down compared with last week (26.5 million, 10.2/28).

Fox followed up on that with another time-period winner for "House" (21.3 million, 8.5/21), which overpowered the "Dancing With the Stars" results show (16.4 million, 4.2/10). "Dancing" was about even with last week's performance.

ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.1 million, 2.5/7) won a rare 10 p.m. time period against a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (7.7 million, 2.3/6) and a repeat "Cold Case" (8.1 million, 2.4/7).

CBS came in a weak second place for the night in primetime, with "NCIS" (14.1 million, 3.1/9) at 8 p.m. and "The Unit" (9.8 million, 2.9/7) at 9 p.m. NBC's schedule was repeats except for a weak "Dateline: NBC" (4.9 million, 1.3/4) that was beaten in the hour in adults 18-49 by "Gilmore Girls" (3.7 million, 1.7/5). "Gilmore" also beat two episodes of ABC's "George Lopez Show" (4.8 million, 1.6/4) by a tenth of a point in the demo.

Nightly averages: Fox (23.5 million, 9.1/24); CBS (10.7 million, 2.8/8); ABC (10.4 million, 2.7/7); NBC (5.7 million, 1.7/4); and the CW (3.6 million, 1.7/4).