It's official: We can't blame Glee's Thursdays-at-9 p.m. timeslot for the show's flagging ratings in Season 5. Indeed, the show moved to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. for this week's Season 5, Episode 9: "Frenemies," and the ratings were just about as anemic as they had been for the previous Thursday episode. So is the show just not worth watching anymore? Here's what some Gleeks are saying.
If you ask us, we'd tune in to Glee no matter what, since we love the characters, the songs, and just the overall vibe of the show. However, plenty of people clearly disagree, as only 2.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the show this week. So we decided to scope out the comments that were written by Glee fans on the Wetpaint Facebook page to see what viewers are saying about the show.
The general consensus seems to be that the show just isn't living up to its glory-days episodes. One Glee fan writes, "The first 3 seasons rocked!! 4th season is what started the downhill spiral." Another fan is more optimistic, saying: "The show has gone increasingly downhill since graduation. But the fact that the original characters were the stars again [in "Frenemies"] helps me think maybe they'll get better...?"
Indeed, one fan thinks puts the blame squarely on the attempt to add new members to New Directions. "Once they got new cast members, the show started getting crappy," says the fan. And many viewers are less likely to tune in now that Cory Monteith (Finn) is gone. "Once we lost Cory, I lost interest," one writes.
We definitely see some validity to all of these points. Certainly, a big part of the show's initial appeal was the perfectly chosen original cast, so maybe Glee should have abandoned McKinley as soon as Rachel and the rest of her peers graduated. Plus, Season 4 did have some downer storylines, with all those breakups and a few too many heavy-handed "message" episodes.
However, we remain optimistic for the show's future. The 100th episode spectacular sounds like a blast, and we can't wait to see all of our favorite characters heading to NYC, since the NYC storylines have been more interesting than the Lima ones lately. We just hope that some of the fans who have abandoned the show will give it another chance!
Do you think the show is still worth watching? Or has it become something that you will DVR and only watch when you have time?
Source: Wetpaint on Facebook