Glee has had record low ratings in Season 5, and despite a slight bump here and there, things really just got worse and worse each week for the once uber successful show. We were sincerely holding out hope that last night’s (May 13) season finale would pull the FOX dramedy out of its ratings slump, but did Season 5, Episode 20: “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project” manage to deliver?
Based on this article’s headline, you probably guessed that the Season 5 ender didn’t pull in a ton of viewers. In fact, according to TVLine, the ep was only watched by a paltry 1.9 million viewers. It also received a 0.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, down two much-needed tenths from the previous week’s installment.
Perhaps most embarrassing of all, though, was the fact that Glee was bested by the Season 1 finale of CW’s The Originals, which also aired at 8 p.m. The Vampire Diaries’ spin-off’s finale was loaded with twists and turns (unlike Glee’s final episode of the season), but we’re still surprised that a freshman CW drama managed to knock Glee off of its already low ratings throne.
Finales traditionally see a boost in ratings, making this Glee news all the more troubling and upsetting. When FOX chairman Kevin Reilly announced earlier this week that Glee’s sixth and final season wouldn’t debut until early 2015, he hinted that the show’s declining ratings as of late were a big factor in the move. “The advantage of having it on later in the season is that we don't have to feel the pressure of delivering,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
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