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House Reading
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) consults
with Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard)
in the HOUSE episode "The Socratic Method"
Credit: Richard Foreman/FOX
News "NOTE: A share is a percentage of TV households that have their TV sets on at a given time. A rating is a percentage of all TV households, whether or not their sets are turned on. For example, a 1.0 rating is 1% of the total U.S. households with a TV. Ad deals are usually negotiated on the basis of live-viewing figures, though Nielsen Media Research and the broadcast networks release viewership statistics that include live-plus-same-day playback on digital video recorders."
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May 17, 2008: "Allegro" posted on the Television Without Pity's House Forum, U.S. Ratings Week of May 5 to 11, '08. 'Entertainment Weekly'
1. AI Wed 22.9
2. AI Tue 21.8
3. Dancing with the Stars 18.4
4. Dancing with the Stars 18.1
" CSI 18.1
6. Grey's Anatomy 16.0
7. Desparate Housewives 15.4
8. Without a Trace 14.7
9. CSI Miami 14.1
10. NCIS 14.0
11. Two & 1/2 Men 13.6
12. HOUSE 13.5 ("Living the Dream")
13. Survivor 13.0
May 10, 2008: NY Times on the result of the writer's strike on ratings
"'House' on Fox ha[s] come back with first-run episodes and recorded ratings among the lowest in their recent histories.

" of the most reliable dramas on television, returned on Monday, and its ratings dropped by 22 percent from its average ratings last fall....

"The explanation for this... is simple, said David F. Poltrack, chief research officer for CBS.... "continuing story lines," he said. Viewers {have} fear of being lost in a story line they may have forgotten....

"'House' has serialized elements, but it is mostly a medical procedural. It had been closing in on 'Greyıs Anatomy' as televisionıs top drama before the strike. A main reason that 'House' could have underperformed in its return, Mr. Poltrack suggested, was that viewers simply didnıt expect to see it on a Monday. The showıs regular night for several seasons had been Tuesday."
May 29, 2007 from USA Today:
"A top 5 show among young adults, House averaged 19 million viewers this season, up 14%."
May 12, 2007: We apologize for not keeping this page more up to date. When a show is consistently in the top 10 and usually in the top 5, and renewed way back in February for the next year, ratings don't take on much urgency. The ever reliable "marykir" posted on the Television Without Pity's House Forum:
"The Nielsen top 20 for the week ending May 6th has House in 4th place....
"Since February, House has consistently been 4th and sometimes 3rd in total viewers, 5th and sometimes 4th in total households, and 3rd or 4th in both A18-49 and A25-54.
"Season through May 6th, according to zap2it, the top scripted shows in total viewers are: 4. CSI (20.5M), 6. Grey's Anatomy (19.3M), 8. House (19.1M), 9. Desperate Housewives (17.5M).
"The Hollywood Reporter has Grey's and House as the top 2 scripted shows in A18-49 for the season through April 29th - basically tied at a 7.9 share."
September 20, 2006: Last Week's Ratings from
09/11/06-09/17/06 (episode "Cane & Able")

RankShowTotal ViewersHousehold AudienceRating/Share
June 1, 2006: Season's Finale Ratings from
05/22/06-05/28/06 (episode "No Reason")

RankShowTotal ViewersHousehold AudienceRating/Share
May 22, 2006: Last Week's Ratings from
05/15/06-05/21/06 (episode "Who's Your Daddy")

RankShowTotal Viewers
May 10, 2006: "radicalpetey188" posted at the Television Without Pity's House Forum
House had two episodes in the Top 10 of the Nielsen ratings for the first week of May sweeps (May 1st - 7th).
  1. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 29.25 mil
  2. "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 28.58 million
  3. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 26.04 mil
  4. "House," Fox, 22.70 million
  5. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 21.98 million
  6. "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 21.32 million
  7. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 19.31 million
  8. "Without a Trace," CBS, 19.10 million
  9. "House" special (Wednesday), Fox, 17.16 million
  10. "Survivor: Panama-Exile Island," CBS, 17.03 million
          — (source: The Washington Post)
May 6, 2006: Last Week's Ratings from
04/24/06 - 04/30/06 (episode "House vs God")

RankShowRatings/ShareHousehold AudienceViewers
May 6, 2006: The ratings for the syndication of previous "House" episodes on USA channel. According to Zap2It, among episodes last week on cable stations, House was #12
(with only a couple of dramas ahead of it): Episode was probably "Role Model"
April 27, 2006: Last Week's Ratings: 04/17/06 - 04/23/06
RankShowRatings/ShareHousehold AudienceViewers
April 25, 2006: "Namaste" posted on TWoP a link to "Fox a Frontrunner Going Into Sweeps" By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer
"Fox had the three most popular programs on television last week as broadcasters took a breath before the start of May ratings sweeps.... In anticipation of the upcoming ratings push, many of the most popular series were in reruns last week.

"The two most popular shows: the week's two editions of 'American Idol.' Coming in third was the medical drama 'House....'"
April 23, 2006: Randy Creager sent us this link to an article in The New York Post
"Laurie's show, 'House,' named after the cranky but brilliant diagnostician he plays on the Fox hit, got more Big Apple viewers than 'American Idol.'

"...The prior week, '"House' was the top-rated drama on television, beating even ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' to take third place behind 'Idol's' performance and results shows...."
April 23, 2006: Last Week's Ratings: 04/10/06 - 04/16/06
RankShowRatings/ShareHousehold AudienceViewers
As of now House is #18 for the season.
February 18, 2006 - Info on the episode Tuesday, Feb. 14
"'Idol' reaffirmed its power as television's most popular series....

"Almost as stunning as the 'Idol' juggernaut was the performance of the show that follows it, 'House.' Hugh Laurie's brilliant but nasty physician attracted 19.2 million viewers while the Games drew 20.97 million in the same hour. Look for 'House' to land on the competition with greater force before the season ends."
Feb. 16, 2006: Last Week's Ratings: 02/06/06-02/12/06
RankShowRatings/ShareHousehold AudienceViewers
Feb. 8, 2006: Zap2it Overnight ratings:
"FOX stayed on top at 9 p.m. as "House" scored a 13.6/20, holding onto better than 70 percent of the '[American]Idol' audience."
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
Year to date: From ABC Television Network/ABCMediaNet - SEASON PROGRAM RANKINGS Primetime FROM 09/19/05 THROUGH 12/04/05 REGULAR PROGRAMS
"House" is the 19th most watched show of the season.
Ratings for the week of December 12-18
#8 tied with "Two and a Half Men"
total viewers 14,647,000
Household rating/share 9.3/14.0
Ratings for the week of November 21-27
#15 (tied with two other shows)
total viewers 14,723,000
Household rating/share 9.1/14.0
jamield" posted at the Television Without Pity's House Forum a link to TV Central Online showing
House is the seventh most TiVo'd show.
"Robust fall prognosis for Fox's 'House'" Strong ratings in reruns, ahead of new season By Diego Vasquez
"An 8 p.m. episode of the show last night averaged a 2.2 overnight rating among viewers 18-49, a slight increase over the 2.0 rating the show averaged at 8 p.m. the previous two Tuesdays.
"A 2.2 doesn't sound great, but for a summer repeat it's decent. Consider that ABC's "Desperate Housewives," last season's highest-rated drama in 18-49s, has barely averaged a 2.0 the past few weeks, while NBC's big freshman hit "Medium" managed just a 1.8 Monday night."
Ratings for the week of November 14
#19 — total viewers 12,947,000 — rating 25.0
Ratings for the week of November 1, after the baseball break
#19 — total viewers 13,441,000 — rating 21.0
(beaten by "Commander in Chief" which gained viewership while "House" wasn't on for a month)
Ratings for the last week of Season One
Nielsen Weekly ratings
05/23/05 - 05/29/05
  4. LOST
  5. HOUSE (finale)
Ratings (from Zap2It)
for the week of 05/23/05 - 05/29/05
House was #5
    11.9/18.0 (Rating/Share)
    12,991,000 (Households)
    19,516,000 (Viewers)
Previous weeks
  • Nielsen Media Research for May 16-22
    from AP via the Chicago Tribune
        14th for the week 17.7 million viewers
        26th for the season
  • (from Zap2It)
    For the week of 05/16/05 - 05/22/05     House was #14     10.9/17.0 (Rating/Share)
        11,919,000 (Households)     17,678,000 (Viewers)
  • Nielsen Media Research for May 16-22
    from AP via the Chicago Tribune
        14th for the week 17.7 million viewers
        26th for the season
  • For the week of May 9, 05 - May 15, 05:
    House was #13 (Their numbers went up but it is sweeps)
        11.3/17.0 (Rating/Share)
        12,432,000 (Households)
        18,802,000 (Viewers)
  • For the week of May 2, 05 - May 8, 05 (from Zap2It):
    House was #12
        10.7/16.0 (Rating/Share)
        11,766,000 (Households)
        17,135,000 (Viewers)
  • For the week of Apr. 25, 05 to May 1, 05 (from Zap2It):
    House was #7
        11,389,000 (households)
        16,455,000 (viewers)
Season to Date Ratings (from Zap2It)
Because the show started out with such low ratings, it still isn't showing up in the top 20 for the whole season. But Bussiness Week Online reported on May 18: "After a slow start, it has ranked in the top 10 or 12 for the past few weeks, ranking and 27th for the season."

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