'House' rules roost; 'Dancing,' 'NCIS' strong


NEW YORK -- "House" gave Fox a win Tuesday in viewership and the demographic, despite strong performances from CBS' "NCIS" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

"House" was the night's top show in key measures with 17.9 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. In viewership at least, it just edged ABC's "Dancing" (17.8 million, 4.4/11) in the same hour. "House" was pre-empted last week because of the ALCS, while "Dancing" was steady week to week.

The CBS drama "NCIS" (17.1 million, 3.7/10) won at 8 p.m., though it was down from last week's 4.1/12. So too was ABC's "Cavemen" (6.5 million, 2.2/6), which was down 24% from last week's 2.8/8, and "Carpoolers" (7.1 million, 2.4/) that was down from last week's 2.7/8. Fox's "Bones" (8.8 million, 3.1/9) came in second in the demo and had its highest viewership number so far this season.

NBC won at 10 p.m. with "Law & Order: SVU" (12.2 million, 4.7/13), and a "20/20" special on the California wildfires (10.9 million, 2.8/8) came in second while CBS' drama "Cane" (8 million, 2.0/5) fell again week to week.

Fox (13.4 million, 5.4/14) won the night in both key measures ahead of ABC (11.8 million, 3.2/8); CBS (12 million, 2.9/8); NBC (8.8 million, 3.5/9); and the CW (2.9 million, 1.4/4).