This is not the sort of Glee ratings news we were hoping for. Not in the least. Entertainment Weekly reports that Thursday, November 7’s Season 5, Episode 4: “A Katy or a Gaga” scored abysmally low ratings and tying its previous record for the lowest ratings in series history.
This week’s episode had 4 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. EW writes that the only other episode in Glee history to score that low was Season 4, Episode 7: “Dynamic Duets,” which aired on Thanksgiving night last year. Holiday ratings are usually much lower than normal, since most people are busy talking to family, stuffing their faces with turkey, etc. So in perspective, this non-holiday, weekday episode really does seem like Glee’s lowest rated ever.
“A Katy or a Gaga” was down a whopping 46 percent from the previous new episode. (And a month-long break with no new episodes likely didn’t help one bit.) But considering that we’re comparing it to the Cory Monteith (Finn) tribute, such a huge difference is kind of expected. October 10’s Season 5, Episode 3: "The Quarterback” had Glee’s highest ratings since 2011: 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating.
Based on plot alone, we thought Glee had done a pretty good job at coming back from the Cory tribute strong. But apparently, the viewers disagreed...or, more accurately, didn’t even bother to turn on their TVs and give the show a try.
At this rate, things don’t seem very promising for the rest of Season 5.
Source: Entertainment Weekly