Fox's 'House' tops Tuesday


NEW YORK -- "House" kept Fox's primetime streak going with a new episode that was easily Tuesday night's top show. It also was its highest adults 18-49 rating ever for a telecast that didn't have "American Idol" nearby.

"House" averaged 17.8 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

That easily trounced NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (11.9 million, 3.5/9) and the first hour of the two-hour "People's Choice Awards" (11.3 million, 3.5/9), not to mention two shots of ABC's "Big Day" that averaged 4.2 million viewers and a 1.5/4 between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

NBC came back at 10 p.m. with "Law & Order: SVU" (14.5 million, 5.0/13), while ABC slightly improved on its lead in with "Boston Legal" (8.9 million, 2.4/6)

Fox won the 8 p.m. hour in the demo with a repeat "House" (9 million, 3.7/10) although a repeat "NCIS" (12.8 million, 2.9/8) was the top performer in viewership. "Dateline NBC" averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 3.0/8 in adults 18-49 ahead of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.8 million, 2.6/7).

Nightly averages: ABC (7 million, 2.1/6); CBS (11.8 million, 3.3/9)' NBC (12 million, 3.8/10); Fox (13.4 million, 5.5/14); and The CW (1.9 million, 0.8/2).