April 6, 2006

Fox’s “House” sets new post-“Idol” mark Tuesday

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "House" continues to build
a strong foundation for Fox after the Tuesday edition of
"American Idol," delivering its strongest ratings ever in
viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

The medical drama averaged 22.6 million viewers and a 9.2
rating/33 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary
data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

That is the show's highest not only in the demo but also in
total viewers and other key measures. And it's also the highest
retention for a post-"Idol" show in Fox history.

And of course, "Idol" was the night's top show in the demo
and total viewers. The talent show averaged 28 million viewers
and an 11.2/31 in the demo. "Idol" is up 13% in the demo
compared to the same week last year.

CBS' NCIS drew 15.3 million viewers and a 3.5/10 at 8 p.m.
against "Idol," down 20% from a March 14 original episode. "The
Unit," a freshman drama that started strong, ran into some
trouble against "House" with 15.3 million viewers and a 4.3/11.

A repeat "CSI: Miami" averaged 9.4 million viewers and a
3.6/10. That was thrashed in the demo by a new "Law & Order:
SVU" over at NBC, which averaged 14.8 million viewers and a
5.2/14 in the demo. "SVU" won the 10 p.m. hour.

NBC performed less impressively between 8 and 10 p.m.,
where "Most Outrageous TV Moments" averaged 4.7 million viewers
and a 1.4/4 in the demo and an original "Scrubs" reached just
6.2 million viewers and a 2.9/7 at 9 p.m. That didn't help
rookie comedy "Teachers," which averaged 5.7 million viewers
and a 2.5/6 in the demo.

Coming in fourth was ABC, which was hobbled by repeats of
"According to Jim" and "Boston Legal" as well as new episodes
of "Hope & Faith" and two "Sons & Daughters."

The premiere of Rebecca Romijn vehicle "Pepper Dennis" on
the soon-to-be-gone WB averaged 2.9 million viewers and a 1.2/3
in the demo.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter