Tuesday premieres: “Reaper,” “Cane” join the solid-not-sensational club

Reaperpreem_2There was “House,” and then there was everything else in primetime last night.

CW’s much-loved “Reaper” (pictured left) and CBS’ “Cane” (pictured below) fell into the solid-not-sensational category in their Tuesday debuts. “Reaper’s” job was made much tougher by having to go head to head at 9 p.m. against the heat of Fox’s “House” which was a strong draw among the same 18-34 demo targeted by “Reaper.”

CW’s devilish dramedy bowed to 3.2 million viewers and 1.8 rating/5 share in the 18-34 demo. (By contrast, the withering sneer of Hugh Laurie as Dr. House brought in 18.1 million viewers and 7.5/20 in adults 18-34. In 18-49 “House” pulled a 7.7/19.)

At 10 p.m., CBS’ “Cane” came in ahead of the final hour of ABC’s 90-minute “Boston Legal” season Caneratings preem. Jimmy Smits and Co. drew an average of 11.1 million viewers and 2.9/8 in adults 18-49, which CBS was quick to note marked the Eye’s best preem in that time slot since “Judging Amy” in 1999.

As has become a regular feature of ratings releases, CBS is predicting that “Cane’s” numbers will bump up by about 9% in adults 18-49 when DVR playback is factored in during the next few days.

Click here for the lowdown on the entire night from Variety and Season Pass’ hard-working Rick Kissell.

–Cynthia Littleton

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