Very strong return for Fox's 'House'Debut averages 5.7 in 18-49s, up 10 percentMediaLifeMagazine.com
--Last year "American Idol" made "House" a hit. Now "House" is a hit all on its own.
Last night's second-season premiere averaged a very strong 5.7 overnight rating among 18-49s,
a 10 percent increase over the 5.2 it averaged last season.
It helped the 8 p.m. new drama Bones, which led into House at 9, to a 3.6 18-49 rating in its debut, a very solid number made more promising by 10 percent growth in its second half hour.
Last season House struggled during the fall until Idol debuted in January as House's lead-in. Its November debuted averaged just a 2.7 rating.
From January to May, airing out of "Idol," the show more than doubled its previous average rating.
Though House averaged a 7.7 for its season finale in May, there was some question over whether the show could sustain high ratings without Idol. Apparently it can.
The other good news for Fox is that House helped lift Bones, which didn't get great reviews, to a decent premiere, as it won its timeslot last night.
Fox led for the night with a 4.8 average rating and a 13 share. NBC finished second at 3.0/8, CBS third at 2.7/7, the WB fourth at 2.6/7, ABC fifth at 2.1/6 and UPN sixth at 0.9/2.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/New...wednesday.html