'Idol,' 'House' combo keeps Fox at top Tues.


NEW YORK -- "American Idol" and "House" led Fox to victory in primetime Tuesday.

"Idol" was the night's top show, and "House" easily dispatched the "Dancing With the Stars" results show at 9 p.m., while "Law & Order: SVU" prevailed at 10 p.m., according to preliminary data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

Fox started the night off with "Idol," which averaged 25.6 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/28 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. It easily beat relatively anemic competition at 8 p.m., including "NCIS" (13.7 million, 3.2/9) and "Dateline: NBC" (5.7 million, 1.8/5) plus repeats on ABC and the CW.

"House" (21 million, 8.9/22) had no problem at 9 p.m. either, even with ABC's "Dancing" results show (14.7 million, 3.7/9). "The Unit" (9.8 million, 2.9/7) came in ahead of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (7.2 million, 2.2/6).

The 10 p.m. hour belonged to "Law & Order: SVU" (11.2 million, 3.9/11) ahead of ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.1 million, 2.7/7) and a repeat "CSI: Miami" (8 million, 2.5/7).

Nightly averages: Fox (23.3 million, 9.4/25); CBS (10.5 million, 2.9/8); ABC (9.7 million, 2.6/7); NBC (8 million, 2.6.7); and the CW (2.2 million, 0.9/2).