We were worried that Glee might suffer a bit of ratings drop this season, between the absence of Cory Monteith and general viewer fatigue. But the ratings have been even more dismal than we expected. So it’s time to be honest: Are you still watching Glee Season 5 every week, or is it no longer a priority for you? And we’ll try not to judge you too harshly, regardless of your answer.
Glee’s ratings had already started dipping in the last few years, as the show has yet to match its ratings heydey from the first season and a half. Perhaps this is to be expected, as shows — particularly teen dramas — tend to atrophy viewers as the years pass by.
However, Glee has had to deal with something that not many shows have had to. Cory Monteith’s shocking death over the summer left the show without fan favorite Finn, one its core characters. This also means that Finn’s on-and-off romance with Rachel — which has long been a key reason for many fans to tune in — is no more.
Moving on after a major cast member’s death has proven difficult for shows in the past. ABC’s Eight Simple Rules managed another season and a half after John Ritter passed away midway through the’s second season in 2003, but the ratings were much lower without him. And NBC’s Newsradio only lasted for one more year after Phil Hartman’s death in 1998.
Sure enough, Glee’s ratings in Season 5 thus far seem to be bearing out that trend. Last week’s Season 5, Episode 4: “A Katy or a Gaga” collected an abysmal 4 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, making it the lowest-rated non-holiday episode ever. Ouch. So either lots of Glee viewers are watching the show on DVR and Hulu, or else the show is facing a seriously bumpy road.
With all that said, we feel that the show has made great choices this season. The tribute episode to Cory was beautifully handled, not to mention that we’re loving new characters Dani and Starchild. Plus, Klaine is engaged, which makes everything better.
But what do you think? Have you lost interest in Glee, or are you forever a Gleek?