Fox's 'House,' ABC's 'Dancing' top Tues.


NEW YORK -- "House" came roaring back for Fox, torching the rest of Tuesday night's primetime and leading Fox to a strong challenge to ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"-fueled demo win.

After several weeks of rest for the baseball postseason and a new time, "House" returned with the highest demo rating of the night while "Dancing With The Stars" took in the most viewers. ABC won the night in viewers with 15.3 million and the adults 18-49 demographic (4.1 rating/11 share), according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

The 90-minute "Dancing With The Stars" (20.5 million, 5.2/6) overpowerd everything else in primetime, although "NCIS" (15.9 million, 3.9/11) put up respectable numbers between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. "House" (14.1 million, 5.8/15) returned to its new time period only slightly off from its last original episode of 14.5 million viewers and a 6.1/17.

But things weren't so well with "Standoff," which inherited the "House" time period of 8 p.m. It averaged 4.9 million viewers and a 2.0/6, down from the 7.9 million viewers and 3.4/9 that it had in the 9 p.m. time period on Sept. 26.

NBC offered a repeat of "Friday Night Lights" before new episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8.5 million, 2.7/7) and "Law & Order: SVU" (13.2 million, 4.7/13). Both were the lowest demo rating of the season. "The Unit" (11.3 million, 3.2/8) was down to its lowest original rating of the show's run.

But "Law & Order: SVU" did well enough to win the 10 p.m. hour against "Boston Legal" (10.3 million, 2.9/8) and a "CSI: NY" repeat.

Nightly averages: ABC (15.3 million, 4.1/11); CBS (11.8 million, 3.2/8); NBC (8.5 million, 3.0/8); Fox (9.5 million, 3.9/11); and The CW (1.2/3).