Fox has prescribed a third season for its red-hot medical drama House. The network has given a full-season pickup to the NBC Universal TV Studio-produced series for the 2006-07 season, says The Hollywood Reporter.

A breakout hit in its debut in fall 2004, the show starring Hugh Laurie as a brilliant doctor with a poor bedside manner has excelled this season. Airing behind American Idol, House hit a series high of 22.2 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 a last month.

Returning after a two-week hiatus this week, House (20.6 million, 8.4/20) scored its second-highest ratings ever in all key measured and its highest retention of its Idol lead-in this season. House was created by David Shore, who executive produces the series with Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs and Bryan Singer.

Brian B.