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). (more…)