Chord Overtreet’s Season 3 Comeback Doesn’t Help Ratings — Is Glee Losing Fans?
We thought for sure the devirginizing-palooza that was Season 3’s Episode 5, "The First Time," would cause a ratings season-high for Glee. But instead, they slipped. Then, we thought that Chord Overstreet (Sam)'s much-anticipated comeback in this week’s Episode 8, “Hold On to Sixteen,” would definitely bring back fans of yore to inflate the show's viewership, but, instead, Glee suffered its lowest ratings yet.
Have Glee fans completely given up? A poll onE! Online seems to suggest so. When they asked their readers what mainstay shows they'll be deleting from their DVR schedules in a purge for the new year, the results put (brace yourselves) Glee in second place as the show fans most want to ditch. It was only beaten out by Two and a Half Men (although, if it takes Charlie Sheen leaving to finally can that sorry excuse for a sitcom that mercilessly gobbles up ratings from infinitely better shows, so be it...nothing personal, Kutcher).
One (ex-)Glee fan in the poll pointed out, "Although its creators keep saying that the new season is a 'back-to-basics' thing of season one, I hardly see that getting translated onscreen. Rachel and Kurt are BFF's, while Mercedes and Kurt are hardly seen together. This shows isn't the show we used to love."
To be fair, it is high school! Best friends change as often as the slang they use while texting each other in class. And all this focus on Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) seems to show a concerted effort towards achieving that “back-to-basics” goal.