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Finally Glee‘s ratings are looking up! After opening with weak ratings for its Season 5 premiere and seeing viewership drop even lower for Episode 2, the show got a much-needed boost during October 10’s Season 5, Episode 3: "The Quarterback.”

The tearful Cory Monteith (Finn) tribute was an entire episode dedicated to celebrating the life of the beloved Glee star, who passed away suddenly on July 13 of an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose. It had 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating in the category of adults 18-49, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Put in perspective, that’s 40 percent up from the Season 5 premiere and an astonishing 75 percent up from last week’s Season 5, Episode 2: “Tina in the Sky With Diamonds.”

The moral of the story? Glee’s audience doesn’t seem to care all that much about the Beatles, but they sure as heck loved Cory and Finn. The tribute episode stayed vague about the cause of Finn’s death, and instead chose to focus on celebrating and remembering his life. What could have been a Glee PSA-style episode about the dangers of drug addiction was instead simply a tribute to honor a man who meant so much to so many people.

No sensationalizing the tragedy. No trying to make a lesson out of Finn’s death. Let’s be real: The tragic circumstance surrounding Cory’s passing serve as a painful lesson all on their own. Glee didn’t need to reiterate it to us.

And they didn’t try to. Instead, they simply mourned the loss of a friend and a brother. And the world, it seems, tuned in to watch.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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Beth Douglass is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. She's our resident Glee expert and loves celebrity kids. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!