Ratings: House tops, undies shrink

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show's once tight, firm ratings have given way to sagging, wrinkly returns. The CBS special scored a 2.7 rating in 18 to 49s, with 6.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights. That's compared to last year's show, which came in with a 3.8 rating and 8.8 million viewers.

In a night filled with reruns, ABC fared well with a Christmas chestnut, Santa Claus Comin' to Town. NBC's Friday Night Lights scored its highest Tuesday ratings since October 24 and logged the most viewers since October 17.

At 8 p.m., ABC earned a 3.9 for Santa Claus. NBC and CBS both snared a 2.5, with Lights and a repeat of NCIS, respectively. Fox scored a 2.2 for Standoff, and The CW earned a 2.1 for Gilmore Girls.

At 9 p.m., Fox and a House repeat doctored up a 4.7, good enough to become the night's highest-rated show. NBC and CBS again tied, this time with a 2.4, for repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Unit. ABC took a combined 2.0 for Big Day and Help Me Help You. CW came in with a 0.9 for a Veronica Mars rerun.

At 10 p.m., NBC scored a 3.1 for a repeat of Law & Order: SVU. ABC came in with a 3.0 Boston Legal, and CBS earned a 2.7 for The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Overall, Fox came in with a 3.5 rating/9 share in 18 to 49s, with 9.0 million total average viewers; ABC, 3.0/8, 9.0 million; NBC, 2.7/7, 8.2 million; CBS, 2.5/7, 9.1 million; CW, 1.5/4, 3.5 million.