Nielsen Ratings: Tuesday Night

• In contrast to the pattern established Monday night, the season premiere of Bones stayed on course with last year holding onto 8.26 million total viewers (3.2/9 in 18-49). 8 p.m. on Fox.

• In Fox’s second hour, the season premiere of House jumped almost 10 million viewers and doubled in the 18-49 demographic with 18.1 million viewers (7.7/19 in 18-49), remaining its highest rated scripted series. 9 p.m. on Fox.

Dancing with the Stars delivered a strong showing for the second night in a row with a 90 minute episode, drawing 18.3 million (4.7/13 in 18-49). 8 p.m.on ABC.

• The 90 minute season premiere of Boston Legal didn’t hold onto the viewers from Dancing but still performed admirably with 11.8 million (3.4/9 in 18-49). 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

• Going up against Dancing with the Stars CBS got a very solid showing from NCIS which drew in 13.7 million (3.1/9 in 18-49). 8 p.m. on CBS.

• The 9 p.m. hour wasn’t as great with 10.7 million (2.8/7 in 18-49) for The Unit. 9 p.m. on CBS.

• CBS’ new series Cane was perhaps the toughest show to judge for the night. While the series premiere pulled in a respectable 11.12 million total viewers (2.9/8 in 18-49), last years’ CBS series Smith did better in the 18-49 demo (3.6/10) and was yanked after three episodes. The fate of the series will likely be determined by how well it holds onto its viewers next week, its popularity among the Spanish community and the budget (Smith was pretty expensive). 10 p.m. on CBS

• NBC, which essentially concedes the 8-10 p.m. slot on Wednesday nights ran two hours of The Biggest Loser and got a return of 6.4 million (2.9/7 in 18-49). 8 p.m. on NBC.

• NBC’s salvation for the night came in the form of Law and Order: SVU with 12.1 million viewers and a 4.8/13 in 18-49 which blew out the competition in the demo. 10 p.m. on NBC

• The critically acclaimed series premiere for Reaper came through with a not-so-great showing of 3.2 million viewers (1.5/4 in 18-49). It was up in the 9 p.m. slot against some heavy competition, so here’s hoping the numbers are adequate for The CW, which isn’t exactly a power house to begin with. 9 p.m. on The CW

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