The good news? This week’s Glee got better ratings than last week’s did. The bad news? Last week’s ratings were the lowest ever...by a lot...and this week’s numbers were still pretty darn low.
December 5’s Glee Season 5, Episode 8: "Previously Unaired Christmas” got 3.2 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, which TVLine reports is a new low for the series. And it is, if you’re talking about a non-holiday episode.
Last week’s Season 5, Episode 7: “Puppet Master,” which aired on Thanksgiving (a night when TV ratings are always significantly lower than normal) actually got only 2.8 million viewers and a 0.9 demo tating. So this week was up, just not by much.
This is, of course, a huge switch from the ratings for Glee’s October 10 Cory Monteith tribute episode, which got at 7.8 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, the show’s highest since 2011. But ratings for the episodes since the tribute have been consistently lower, in the 4-4.5 million range, before dropping to new depths during these past two weeks.
Glee is off the air until February, and when it does come back, the show is hoping that a switch in day and time — from Thursdays at 9pm back to its original slot of Tuesdays at 8pm — will help give ratings a much-needed boost.