'Idol,' 'House' deliver one-two punch for Fox


The "American Idol"/"House" combo delivered another dominating Tuesday win for Fox, while the new reality series "Dream Vote" was off to a slow start for ABC.

The top 10 "Idol" contestants performed to the tune of 26.8 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/29 share at 8 p.m., according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The return of Fox's hit medical drama "House" to the schedule at 9 p.m. delivered 22.2 million viewers and a 9.5/24 (the numbers are approximate, because "Idol" ran from 8-9:07 p.m.).

ABC's best showing came from the "Dancing With the Stars" result show at 9 p.m. (17.6 million, 4.4/11), finishing second in the hour, while NBC was tops at 10 p.m. with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (12.8 million, 4.3/12).

With real-life voting for the "Idol" contestants going on in the 10-11 p.m. hour, only 6.1 million tuned in to check ABC's new reality series "Dream Vote," which drew 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demo for third place in the time period.