Fox's 'House' at the top of ratings hill Tues.


NEW YORK -- Fox won Tuesday's primetime with "House," while NBC came in a distant second place in adults 18-49 thanks to "The Biggest Loser" and "Law & Order: SVU."

The "Dancing With the Stars" results show was the top program in viewership for the night with 17.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

But it was crushed in the demo by "House" (16.9 million, 7.0/17), which was down week-to-week but still dominant in the 9 p.m. hour.

CBS' highlight was "NCIS" (17.4 million, 3.7/10), which easily won 8 p.m. against Fox's "Bones" (9.1 million, 3.4/9), not to mention ABC's "Cavemen" (4.6 million, 1.6/5) and "Carpoolers" (5.1 million, 1.9/5). "Cavemen" dropped a tenth of a point from last week's low; "Carpoolers" stayed even.

NBC's two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (8.2 million, 3.4/9) hit its highest viewership and tied its highest adults 18-49 rating so far this season.

The CW's "Reaper" (2.4 million, 1.2/3) was up 20% compared with last week in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49.

Meanwhile at 10 p.m., NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (12.5 million, 4.4/12) won both key measures against ABC's "Boston Legal" (11.8 million, 2.9/8) and CBS' "Cane" (7.3 million, 1.8/5). "Cane" dropped even lower than last week in adults 18-49, when it averaged a 1.9 rating.

Fox (13 million, 5.2/13) won viewership and adults 18-49 over ABC (11.4 million, 2.9/8); CBS (11.9 million, 2.8/7); NBC (9.6 million, 3.7/10); and the CW (2.4 million, 1.2/3).