Credit: Tyler Golden/FOX ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Rachel Gets Ready to Go Onstage in Glee Season 5, Episode 17: “Opening Night”

In our opinion, the recent string of Glee episodes have been some of the show’s best since the first season kicked off back in 2009, but still, barely anyone is watching the formerly celebrated FOX series. OK, “barely anyone” may be a tad dramatic, but the viewership for Glee’s April 22 episode — “Opening Night” — isn’t exactly anything to write home about.

Per TVLine, the musical dramedy was watched by a paltry total of 2.5 million viewers (actually up slightly from last week’s total) but only managed to garner a 0.9 rating the the coveted 18-49 demo, down a tenth over last week’s 1.0. The decrease in viewership in the 18-49 category also means that Season 5, Episode 17 tied a series low in the key demo. Ouch!

With only three episodes left in Season 5 we’re really hoping Glee has the power to rally and pull in some more viewers, but given the show’s current slump we have to say it’s not looking good. Still, legendary actress Shirley MacLaine is making her Glee debut in the show’s April 29 episode — “The Back-Up Plan” — and while she may not be huge with the 18-49 crowd we’re still crossing our fingers that people will tune in to watch her socialite character sing and dance with Blaine (Darren Criss). Who wouldn’t want to catch that?!

Are you surprised that Season 5, Episode 17 tied Glee’s series low in the 18-49 set, or was this bad news more or less expected at this point? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Glee Season 5 airs Tuesday nights on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.

Source: TVLine