No place like 'House' on Tuesday

Prognosis good as drama leads Fox to double win

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

"House" easily was the night's top program in viewership and the key adults 18-49 demographic, bringing in 17.4 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/17 share in the demo, Nielsen Media Research said. "House" took care of the results show for "Dancing With the Stars" (15.9 million, 4.3/10) as well as other competition. The Hugh Laurie-starring drama series was down week-to-week but still ahead of its pace last year.

Meanwhile, ABC's comedy series "Cavemen" debuted with 9.2 million viewers and a 3.5/10 in adults 18-49, winning 8 p.m. in the demo against the older-skewing "NCIS" (16.4 million, 3.6/10) on CBS 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 ABC's "Carpoolers" (9.1 million, 3.5/9), which kept almost 100% of the "Cavemen" audience. Fox's "Bones" (8 million, 3.0/8) was down week-to-week. "NCIS" was up from last week (13.9 million, 3.2/9), no doubt because "Dancing" moved from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make way for "Cavemen."

"Dancing" was below last week's second of three outings but up from last Wednesday's results show. The 90-minute "The Biggest Loser" (7.5 million, 3.3/8) on NBC is up 10% compared with a year ago as well as up from last week (6.6 million, 3.0/8).

The CW had some good news for its freshman series "Reaper" (2.9 million, 1.4/3), which built on its lead-in, "Beauty and the Geek" (2.7 million, 1.3/4).

NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (11.6 million, 4.5/12) was far ahead at 10 p.m., down from last week but still well in front of ABC's "Boston Legal" (10.4 million, 2.9/8) as well as CBS' sinking "Cane" (9.2 million, 2.5/7). "Cane" is down from its premiere (3.0/8) and far below last year's "Smith," which averaged a 3.3/9 at 10 p.m. Tuesdays before being pulled in its third week.

Fox (12.7 million, 5.1/13) 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 (2.8 million, 1.3/3).