TV Line reports that the September 26, 2013, premiere, a Beatles-themed episode titled, “Love, Love, Love,” received a total of only 5.2 million viewers and a 2.0 demo rating. This is down a full 30 percent from last year’s premiere.
Season 4’s premiere, titled: “The New Rachel,” aired on September 14, 2012. At that time, Rachel had just moved to New York City. She and Finn were still (sort of) together, Kurt and Blaine hadn’t broken up yet, and Brittany and Santana were still an item. On that note, Finn and Brittany were actually still on the show, having not yet been written off due to his tragic and unexpected death and herpregnancy.
Crazy how much can change in just a year.
Though Glee’s ratings are not exactly encouraging, there’s no reason to throw in the towel just yet. FOX renewed the show for both Seasons 5 and 6 last spring, and so far, they have made no indication of changing that decision.
Still, with all the things that have happened off-camera since then, just exactly what story direction Glee will take this year seems up in the air. We know that October 10’s Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback” will be a Cory Monteith tribute. After that, Glee goes on hiatus until early November, before coming back with a Lady Gaga and Katy Perry-themed episode... and two celebrity guest stars.
We’re not willing to count Glee out just yet. But the show does have a lot of ground to cover if it wants to return that top spot in the ratings it once had a few years back.