Fox's 'House,' ABC's 'Dancing' split spoils


NEW YORK -- After taking a breather from original programming Monday because of a World Series sweep, Fox came roaring back Tuesday to win in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research showed that "House" kept Fox far ahead in the demo while "Dancing With the Stars" results show pushed ABC to victory in viewership.

"House" was the night's top program in adults 18-49 with 17.1 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/17 share in the demo. "Dancing" (18.6 million) was the night's top show in viewership.

Winning at 8 p.m. was ABC's perennial "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (11.4 million, 3.8/11), which was up from last year's 2.6/9 on a Friday but down slightly from its last Tuesday airing two years ago. CBS' "NCIS" (16.3 million, 3.3/9) won in viewership.

ABC won the 10 p.m. hour with "Boston Legal" (11.7 million, 3.1/8) and probably spillover from "Dancing." Final ratings will be out later Wednesday, though it was likely to beat CBS' "Cane" (8.1 million, 2.0/5) and a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (8.7 million, 3.0/8).

Fox (13 million, 5.1/13) won the night in adults 18-49 against ABC (13.9 million, 3.7/10), CBS (11.7 million, 2.7/7), NBC (7 million, 2.7/7) and the CW (2.4 million, 1.1/3).