Fox wins Thursday but 'Rake' premiere fails to impress

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Fox scored another 18-49 on Thursday but it wasn’t because of the power of its new drama starring Greg Kinnear. On the contrary, a swell lead-in like American Idol (3.3 rating in 18-49, 95 million), didn’t do much to help the premiere of Rake, according to Nielsen.

The new hour only averaged a 1.7 rating — which was even with Fox’s fall performance in the time period. For what it’s worth, the net claims that’s still an above-average perf for a competitive midseason new drama this year but still — there has to be disappointment over at the net.

As for Idol, not near enough people are appreciating the great things Harry Connick Jr. is bringing to the judging table. The talent show was down 13% from last Thursday’s fast nationals in 18-49 (vs. 3.8) and down 8% in viewers (12.1 mil vs 13.2 mil). Where are you people?

CBS was second for the night in the demo, despite airing repeats of its comedies and Elementary. ABC eeked out a third place spot with The Taste (1.1) and a repeat of Shark Tank. 

NBC was fourth despite airing originals of Community (1.1) and Parks and Recreation (1.2) and special airings of The Michael J. Fox Show (.7) and Sean Saves the World (.7). Parenthood, however, saved the day! The drama earned a 1.3 rating and averaged 4.3 million viewers and ended up winning the timeslot.

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