'House' Tops Tuesday; ABC Comedies Drop

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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Fox's "House" continues to perform as if DVRs don't exist.

The show was up 10 percent from last week to its highest same-day rating since its season premiere, posting a 7.7 preliminary among adults 18 to 49. Lead-in "Bones" scored a season high (3.6) and together they gave Fox an easy win for the night.

NBC was second with a two-hour "Biggest Loser," now sans its "Singing Bee" lead-in and up 18 percent from last week (3.3). "Law & Order: SVU" was down 11 percent from its last original to a season low (although it still won its time period).

CBS was third, and once again its first two hours performed a ratings swing: "NCIS" was up 24 percent week-to-week (4.1) to post its best rating since last December and won its time period. "The Unit" was up 11 percent (3.0). But "Cane," after holding steady last week, continued its descent, down another rung on the ladder (1.9).

If only ABC could air 40-year-old Charlie Brown specials every week. Last night its comedy block returned and few viewers seemed to have missed it. "Cavemen" was down 23 percent from its most recent telecast to finish as the lowest-rated show on the major networks (1.7) for the night. "Carpoolers" was down 21 percent (1.9). With that weak lead-in, the "Dancing With the Stars" results show hit a season low (3.8) and "Boston Legal" was on par (2.7).

The CW's "Beauty and the Geek" posted gains (1.3) while "Reaper" was down a peg (1.0).

Also: In Las Vegas today through Saturday attending and speaking at Blog World Expo, "the world's largest blogging conference." Yes, it's also the first Blog World Expo, but that doesn't mean it's not large. Speaking on a panel Thursday re: the role of new media in television.
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