There is no way of sugarcoating this — Fox’s Rake is in big trouble. After an underwhelming 1.7 18-49 rating for its premiere last week, the drama starring Greg Kinnear dropped an alarming 24% to a 1.3 in its second outing last night, matching the average of Fox’s last drama misfire, fall 2012’s Mob Doctor, before it was cancelled. And that was despite a solid lead-in from American Idol (3.1), which weathered The Big Bang storm relatively well, down 6% from last week.
Viewers punished CBS for playing hide-and-seek with them on Thursday — bringing the lineup back from winter hiatus on January 9 only to send it immediately back to two weeks of repeats. The network’s entire comedy block last night was down double digits from their last originals on January 9. In its first airing against American Idol this season, Big Bang (5.1) was down 9%. The Millers (2.8) was down 15%. The Crazy Ones (1.9) and Two And A Half Man (1.9) were both down 21% to tie series lows. At 10 PM, Elementary (2.0) held down the fort, even with its last original. CBS still won the night in 18-49 (2.6) and total viewers (11.3 million).
The good news for NBC is that veterans Community (1.1) and Parks & Recreation (1.2) is that they have very loyal audience — the comedies have maintained the same ratings for a third straight week despite airing against reruns of The Big Bang Theory and The Millers the last two times and originals last night. The bad news is, those loyal audiences are very small (but still helped Parks & Rec clinch a renewal for next season.) A sports-themed Saturday Night Live special (1.8) almost doubled the rating that The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves The World and Parenthood delivered in the 9-11 PM slot last week and posted NBC’s highest marks there since The Sound Of Music in December. ABC’s The Taste (1.0) was down 9% from last week. On The CW, The (1.0) was down 17% from last week’s 100th episode; (0.7) was up a tenth.