Fox's 'House' down in ratings

But sturdy at new address

LOS ANGELES -- Fox's "House" returned Monday night to a new time period and a solid rating.

The medical drama was down 25% from its Tuesday average for original episodes (14.5 million viewers, 5.7 preliminary rating among adults 18-49 and a 13 share). The percentage is slightly skewed because the show enjoyed an "American Idol" lead-in for a couple episodes this season. "House" still was the highest-rated program of the evening and gave Fox its best Monday in more than a year. Lead-in "Bones" was up 19% from last week (9.7 million, 3.2/9).

After Thursday's broadcast ratings crash, the rest of Monday's competitive field enjoyed some relief, with many shows flat or up slightly despite greater competition from Fox.

CBS came in second, with comedies "The Big Bang Theory" (8.2 million, 3.0/9) and "How I Met Your Mother" (8.9 million, 3.8/10) showing ratings gains in the 8 p.m. hour. But up against "House," the network's 9 p.m. comedies "Two and a Half Men" (12.9 million, 4.7/11) and "Rules of Engagement" (10.4 million, 3.9/9) were lower than usual. At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" (13.6 million, 3.9/10) won the hour but matched its series low.

ABC was a close third with "Dancing With the Stars" (18 million, 4.4/11) up a tick from last week. "Samantha Who?" (12.7 million, 3.6/8) was up sharply, aided by some "Dancing" overrun. "The Bachelor" was even (7.8 million, 2.6/7).

In fourth, NBC had a two-hour "Deal or No Deal" (10 million, 2.9/7) that was stronger than in recent weeks with its "Star Wars"-themed episode, followed by "Medium" (9.6 million, 3.1/8).

The second week of the CW's new Monday night lineup of "Gossip Girl" (2.5 million, 1.3/3) and "One Tree Hill" (2.5 million, 1.2/3) had "Gossip" maintaining its new-and-improved return rating and "Tree" declining slightly against the increased 9 p.m. competition.