Glee Ratings Return Extremely Low After 3-Month Break — How Low?
Glee didn't exactly flourish in the ratings this season while occupying the Thursdays-at-9 p.m. timeslot, where it hit numerous non-holiday ratings lows for the series. So would the show's switch to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. be enough to put some spring in its ratings step?
Sadly, Glee's ratings for last night's episode are just about where they were before its winter hiatus. Season 5, Episode 9: "Frenemies," pulled in 2.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating in the target 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, the show's previous episode —Season 5, Episode 8: "Previously Unaired Christmas" — nabbed 3.2 million total viewers but a slightly lower 1.1 demo rating.
So while "Frenemies" brought in a new all-time ratings low for non-holiday episodes — ouch! — it barely avoided the ignominious distinction of being the series's lowest-rated episode ever. That title still belongs to Season 5, Episode 7: "Puppet Master," which aired on Thanksgiving last year. Apparently, a Venn diagram of Glee fans and puppet fans would not produce a very large center section.
Given how long Glee had been off the air before last night, we frankly would have assumed it would have gotten more of a ratings bump. But maybe we'll have to wait for the highly anticipated 100th episode for that bump to happen. At least, we hope it will happen by then.
Are you surprised by the ratings for last night's episode?