FOX ran a two hour repeat of House last night, and over the two hours it averaged a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating and 3.6 million users.  For the night, with adults 18-49, that’s a 50% improvement over the combo of new episodes of Brothers, ‘Til Death and Dollhouse. And in the 9pm-10pm hour House averaged a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating – 62.5 percent better than Dollhouse did in the hour last week. The House rerun beat Ugly Betty with adults 18-49 as well.

Sorry Dollhouse fans 😦

The CBS dramas were the strongest of the night, though still down across all hours versus last year.  But even being down versus last year, Ghost Whisperer’s 2.0 with adults 18-49 was the best showing of the night.  Smallville pulled a 1.2 with adults 18-49, a season high , tying The Jay Leno Show, which was a series low.  Smallville could drop in the finals a bit, in the Chicago market a Chicago Bulls game aired. Its numbers would be included below but will be stripped out in the finals.

Some notes on Smallville from the CW:

  • Smallville climbed to it’s best adults 18-49 (1.2/4), adults 18-34 (1.2/5-tie) and total viewers (2.6mil) of the season.
  • This also marks our best performance in the time period in those categories since Sept. 08 (last Smackdown telecast).
  • Smallville was #1 in the hour among men 18-34 (1.4/6) and men 18-49 (1.4/5).

Full details: 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whiperer 2.0/7 8.28
NBC Law & Order 1.4/5 7.00
ABC Supernanny 1.3/4 4.84
CW Smallville 1.2 2.60
FOX House (R) 1.1 3.40
9:00 CBS Medium 1.8/6 7.69
NBC Dateline 1.7/6 7.95
FOX House (R) 1.3 4.17
ABC Ugly Betty 1.2 4.50
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.5/2 1.27
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 1.8/6 7.74
ABC 20/20 1.6/5 6.94
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.2/4 5.14

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