'House' wins Tuesday race; 'Cavemen' OK


NEW YORK -- "House" built a primetime win Tuesday for Fox, while the "Cavemen" premiere over on ABC performed OK.

"House" was easily the night's top program in viewership and adults 18-49, bringing in 17.3 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/17 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research. "House" dismissed the results show for "Dancing with the Stars" (15.7 million, 4.3/10) as well as other competition. "House" was down week to week but it was still ahead of its pace last year.

Meanwhile, ABC's controversial "Cavemen" debuted with 9 million viewers and a 3.3/10 in the demo. It tied the older-skewing "NCIS" (15.5 million, 3.3/10) in adults 18-49. "Cavemen" came out ahead in adults 18-34 as well as men 18-34 and men 18-49. In the second half hour "NCIS" surpassed the debut of "Carpoolers" (9 million, 3.4/9), which built slightly on "Cavemen." Fox's "Bones" (7.8 million, 2.9/8) was down week-to-week. "NCIS" was up over last week (13.9 million, 3.2/9), no doubt because of the move of "Dancing" from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make way for "Caveman."

"Dancing" was below last week's second of three outings but up from last Wednesday's results show. The 90-minute "The Biggest Loser" (7.4 million, 3.3/8) is up 10% compared to a year ago as well as up from last week (6.6 milllion, 3.0/8). The CW had some good news for freshman series "Reaper" (2.8 million, 1.3/3), which built on its lead-in "Beauty and the Geek" (2.6 million, 1.3/4) in men 18-34, men 18-49 and teens. It also retained 94% of its audience in key demos week-to-week.

"Law & Order: SVU" (11.7 million, 4.5/12) was far ahead at 10 p.m., down from last week but still far ahead of ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.9 million, 3.1/8) as well as CBS's sinking "Cane" (9.2 million, 2.5/7). "Cane" is down from its premiere (3.0/8) and far below last year's "Smith" that averaged a 3.3/9 at 10 p.m. Tuesdays before being pulled in its third week.

Fox (12.6 million, 5.0/13) won both key measures followed by ABC (11.9 million, 3.6/9); CBS (12.3 million, 3.1/8); NBC (8.7 million, 3.5/9); and The CW (2.7 million, 1.3/3).