House boosts 90210

Hugh Laurie revives teen soap, though vitals for both are still down. And in a move that bypasses second ep letdown, the latest Survivor franchise is poised for a unprecedented two-hour premiere.

House returned with a bang last Tuesday and gave a much-needed lift to the soapy teen series 90210 on Global, though it remains behind supernatural drama Fringe on A.

The season five premiere of House debuted at 8 pm to 2.8 million viewers and dominated the night in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. The number is down from last year, however, when the first episode of season four grabbed a series high 3.3 million viewers (all numbers 2+).

House helped 90210 grow its audience to 790,000 viewers, up 19% from the previous week, though still a far cry from the 1.3 million that caught the series premiere on Sept. 2. 90210 faced strong competition from Fringe, which delivered 819,000 viewers for its second episode on A.

Meanwhile, Survivor Gabon will appear in a two-hour season premiere on Sept. 25 at 8 pm on Global. The reality series had previously been scheduled to debut in a one-hour broadcast on Sept. 18, but CBS decided to put the episodes together, marking the first ever two-hour premiere for Survivor.

From Playback Daily