'Idol,' 'House' again deliver Tues. to Fox


NEW YORK -- Fox overwhelmingly won Tuesday night's primetime with "American Idol" and "House," althhough "Idol" fell to a season low as it headed into the closing episodes of the season. Meanwhile, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" dropped to its lowest ratings ever.

"American Idol" averaged 24.5 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Idol" dropped to its lowest viewership since May 3, 2005, and its lowest adults 18-49 rating since April 15, 2003.

That being said, "Idol" crushed everything else in its way, with only CBS' "NCIS" (13.7 million, 3.1/9) able to garner double digits against it although "Idol" was down significantly comapred to last week (26.7 million, 10.2/29).

"House," on the other hand, remained steady week to week with 21.5 million viewers and an 8.9/23. The results show for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (16.5 million, 4.1/11) was steady and "The Unit" (10.8 million, 3.1/8) was up compared to last week. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (6.9 million, 2.0/5) dropped to its lowest original ratings in households, viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (10.3 million, 2.7/7) won the time period at 10 p.m. against ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.3 million, 2.7/7) and a repeat of "Without a Trace" (8.3 million, 2.2/6).

Fox led the networks with 23 million viewers and a 8.9/25 in the adults 18-49 demographic, followed by CBS (10.9 million, 2.8/8), ABC (10.5 million, 2.8/8), NBC (7.6 million, 2.4/7) and The CW (2.9 million, 1.4/4).