Fox’s low-rated midseason series Rake will end its run sooner than expected and on a different night. The drama, which originally aired on Thursday, was bumped to Fridays where it was to air its final two episodes this and next week. Instead, Rake‘s last two episodes will run back-to-back this Saturday, April 5.
After a few weeks of struggling ratings on Thursday nights, Fox is moving Rake to Fridays. The Greg Kinnear starrer moves to the 8 p.m. hour March 14, after Bones moves back to Monday. American Idol gets Thursday’s 9 p.m. hour in its stead.
Fox’s newest drama isn’t raking in the viewers. Last night Rake tumbled 24% from its already-low debut, posting a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m. Rake lost more than half of American Idol’s 3.1 lead-in, and it fell from a 1.5 in its first half hour to a 1.2 in its second. Idol was also off from the previous week but only by 6%.
Once upon a time, bowing behind American Idol ensured that you’d get a big audience for your first episode, if not your second. But that’s no longer true. Fox’s new drama Rake debuted to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating last night at 9 p.m., losing 48% of Idol’s 3.3 lead-in at 8 p.m. Idol’s ratings have declined over the years, of course, and the show was off 13% last night from a 3.8 last Thursday.
Fox is changing course on its new drama series Rake, bumping it from the plum post-NFC Championship Game spot on Jan. 19 in favor of the returning thriller The Following.