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Guuuuys, we’re really worried. The trend of Glee’s post-Cory Monteith ratings is just not looking good. After an impressive 7.4 million viewers for October 10’s Season 5, Episode 3: "The Quarterback” Glee’s highest since 2011 — the show took a month-long break. It’s now aired two new episodes since then, and the ratings for both have been depressingly low.

Last week’s Season 5, Episode 4: “A Katy or a Gaga” got only 4 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. That’s the series’s lowest ever, tied only with the Thanksgiving episode last year. This week, ratings refused to rise. The demo rating for Season 5 Episode 5: “The End of Twerk” stayed at 1.5 while viewers saw only a tiny increase, coming in at 4.5 million total.

One can be an anomaly. Two is concerning. Three or four is a pattern. If ratings continue to stay low in next week’s Season 5, Episode 6: “Movin’ Out” and Season 5, Episode 7: “Puppet Master,” then the show really will have cause for concern.

Already we’re a bit anxious about the upcoming two episodes. “Movin’ Out” is a Billy Joel tribute, and if only 4 million people will watch a Katy Perry/Lady Gaga tribute, who’s going to turn in to watch one about the less modern musician Billy Joel? As for Episode 7, it airs on Thanksgiving, and as noted, last year’s Thanksgiving ep was the series’s lowest rated ever.

Long story short, Glee has a lot of ground to make up in the ratings. And the odds are not really stacked in the show’s favor.

Source: TV by the Numbers



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+!