It looks like the Big Apple didn’t equal big ratings for Glee.
With the New Directions officially disbanded and many of its members making the move to chase their dreams in New York City alongside Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), the first episode focused solely in the new setting surprisingly fell flat in the ratings.
Season 5, Episode 14 (“New New York”) brought Blaine (Darren Criss), Artie (Kevin McHale), and Sam (Chord Overstreet) to the big city — even bringing Mercedes (Amber Riley) in at the last moment — giving us hope that the core characters of the show could get back to the magic they once had back in high school.
But the ratings are in, ladies and gentlemen, and the results are pretty sad.
According to Zap2it, the episode only brought in 2.61 million viewers, giving it a share of 0.9 in the key 18-49 demo, tying its series low and dropping 18 percent from the previous week.
The show has a lot of competition in the timeslot, though, going up against NBC’s The Voice, CBS’s NCIS, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and usually going against a new episode of The Originals on The CW.
It’s a pretty tight race during Tuesday night’s primetime, but it’s clear that fans don’t give a hoot about the New York move.
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Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.