Tuesday Ratings: After Baseball Hiatus, Glee Continues to Slide

As I expected, the 3 week baseball hiatus was not kind to the FOX comedy line-up, including Glee. (Via TVByTheNumbers)

After a four week hiatus, Fox’s New Girl returned to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, that’s down 19% from the 4.3 adults 18-49 rating in its last original on October 4. Raising Hope was also back after a four week break and was down 14% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating vs its last Tuesday orginal which drew a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating on October 4 (Raising Hope’s last original was a special Wednesday airing on October 5 that drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating). Earlier in the night Glee slipped below the 3.0 threshold to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% from its last original. To quote Fox’s kinda sorta anonymous scheduling chief, “Baseball giveth Baseball taketh away.”

Ugh. Glee is definitely losing ground. Ryan Murphy’s efforts to bring the show back to basics may be too little too late. I expect Murphy to be promoting the hell out of next week’s show, which has 2 of the show’s most beloved characters losing their virginity. How’s that for a sweeps month stunt?  Also don’t expect FOX to be peeling off popular characters for a spin-off if the ratings don’t improve.

There was some good news for DWTS:

On ABC, Last Man Standing drew a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week and Man Up also dropped two tenths to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. DWTS results were up two tenths to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and Body Of Proof was also up two tenths to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.


CBS NCIS 3.9/11 19.38
FOX Glee 2.9/8 7.43
ABC Last Man Standing 2.6/8 9.30
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.2/6 6.48
CW 90210 0.7/2 1.50


ABC Man Up 1.8/5 6.41


FOX New Girl 3.5/9 7.53
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.4/9 15.59
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.8/7 15.21
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.4/6 6.28
CW Ringer 0.8/2 1.80

9:30 FOX Raising Hope 2.5/6 5.49

10:00 CBS Unforgettable 2.3/6 11.27
NBC Parenthood 2.2/6 5.29
ABC Body Of Proof 2.0/5 10.06

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  • larc

    FOX scheduled it in the same time slot as powerhouse NCIS.  What could they expect?

  • Anonymous

    I actually expected Glee to go down, since it was on hiatus for a month. That’s a long time, I know Glee does hiatus’s a lot, but never in October and so soon right? I know last year there wasn’t a month-long hiatus in October.. It was like 2 weeks then episode, then off 2 weeks, episode, or something like that. With having just 3 episodes then shutting down for a month, it’s gotta hurt the show a little I’d imagine. 

    It has to go up next week with the topic..I mean there’s a Klaine kiss in the promo, remember what happened last time they kissed? Everything blew up haha. If it slides again next week I’ll be shocked..and that will definitely spell badly for Glee. But I just don’t see how after that promo (and all the ensuing promo that, like MJ said, Murphy and co. are going to put out this week), more people won’t watch. I sure hope so. 

  • http://www.velvetspark.com Jordan Seltzer

    It was a trendy show and that trend ended.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, New Girl dropped 19% too? That makes me much less concerned then. Seems like everything kind of had a down week looking at other shows..Raising Hope went down 14%..maybe people with power outages from the East snowstorm affected this? I don’t know. But yeah, at first I didn’t read it all and was thinking Glee’s the only one with the big drop. 

  • Anonymous

    ..but they’re still bringing in 7+ million a week. That’s a very good fan base. There’s shows with much lower ratings that get renewed for several seasons. It’s not like Glee is in jeopardy of getting cancelled, not when they’re bringing in 7/8 million a week. Plus all the music revenue, the merchandise revenue, and the tour revenue. Glee sold out nearly every show on it’s tour last summer. It ain’t going anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Glee has been dropping, steadily, since it’s Season 3 debut. So I remain concerned.

    ETA: The show will get renewed for a 4th season, but I expect the spinoff idea, at this point, is dead. Which is too bad.

    The show was pulling in 11 m + viewers and scored above a 4 rating a year ago at the same time. Here are the ratings for the Rocky Horror Glee episode:

    Glee 4.7 13 11.201

    That’s quite a slide

  • Anonymous

    No it hasn’t. The F13 in Season 1 only had 3 episodes over 8 mil. Several were in the 6 million range. (And wasn’t that when they called for Seasons 2 and 3? Not really sure on that but I thought it came in the middle of S1) Then it shot up with Hell-O, after the big hiatus, and drifted down a little…but then the first half of Season 2 was pretty on par with the back end of S1, maybe just a little below. Glee’s really just been sliding since a Night of Neglect, when there was a considerable drop-off (except for the finale). 

    And if you look at the comparisons, it’s not that bad. I mean look at New Girl. It barely beat Glee last night, and NG is a brand new show. It has dropped by 1 million viewers each week so far, and it’s only in it’s fourth week! I’d feel much more comfortable with a show that it in it’s 3rd season and is still bringing in pretty respectable numbers. (plus all the other revenue)

  • Anonymous

    Yes it is. But like I said in the other post, the slide happened starting with A Night of Neglect and only affected 5 episodes of Season 2. No, it’s not a good sign that it is nowhere near where it was at this point last season, but then again, the fourth episode of Season 1 only brought in 6.63 million. I think they still have time to get back on track in terms of viewers, it’s just a question of if they can. Having a Finchel/Klaine virginity losing episode is a good start lol.

  • Anonymous

    The important number is the rating for 18-49 year olds, which has slipped below 3. I’ll bet it’s been awhile since that’s happened.

    And when I said “debut” I meant Season 3 debut. It has slipped every week, I believe.

    ETA: Yes, it has:

    Glee Season 3 Premiere down 32% from Season 2 Premiere:


    Episode 2 Down 10% from Season 3 Premiere:


    Episode 3 down another 5%


    I expect the rating will be up a little next week. With all the hype I’m expecting, they better be.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to post that same comment, since you beat me to it, I will just co-sign off your post.

    I stopped watching Glee last season, I had to fast forward through to much of it, and it was not what I liked in TV…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZQNCTEA6RRJPLKRZEKWIKGQEY Anonymous

    I guess sex sells more than companionship and romance… Rgds, Axxxel

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZQNCTEA6RRJPLKRZEKWIKGQEY Anonymous

    As I said before, for episode 5, I look more forward to Santana/Naya singing West Side’s Story’s “America”, the comeback of another Glee – character and the entrance of the gay vilain,  than  Kurchel’s  giving in their V-card… sorry… Rgds, Axxxel

  • Anonymous

    [quote] And when I said “debut” I meant Season 3 debut. It has slipped every week, I believe. [/quote]

    Oh, well yeah that’s true, though the drop from Episodes 2 to 3 wasn’t much. That’s why I think the random October hiatus played a part in the bigger drop from 3 to 4. And I get what you’re saying about the 18-49 year olds, but best case scenario the drop under 3 is an anomaly. Worst case scenario is obvious. Should be back up next week at least though, after all that’s the exact demo that will be most excited about Finchel/Klaine. I guess the weeks after will be pretty telling. Spin-off is probably dead though like you said, which is a shame. Hope they find a away to keep Rachel/Finn/Kurt in the show somehow next season.

    There’s definitely reason for concern, I’m just not hitting the panic button yet.

  • Anonymous

    Oh trust me, I’m not happy about the sex stuff, I wish it weren’t happening. But it is, and all I’m saying it that it’s going to garner attention. I too am much more looking forward to the West Side Story songs. But I’m not going to pretend that the real reason many people are excited about next week is anything but because of what was in the promo.

  • Anonymous

    It may never hit the ratings highs of the past–which it can survive–but Glee has got to stop losing viewers every week. That’s what concerns me at the moment.

  • Anonymous

    Agree 100%. If it can hold in the 7 million range, maybe even go above 8 or 9 for really big epsiodes, I’ll be ok with it and the show will be fine, but if it starts slipping consistently into 6 (where it hasn’t been since beginning of S1) and then especially 5, it’ll be bad bad news. 

  • JJ123

    I had decided not to watch Glee after hearing the spoilers for the season but left the season pass on my DVR. I didn’t watch the first 3 eps when they aired but then mj and a few others on here kept saying this season is so good and it’s getting back to S1 and all that so I decided to watch the recorded shows a couple weeks ago and I have to say that the show sucks! It’s bad…really really bad, I think some fans may be grasping at straws and trying to make it be good. I think this is the only place where I’ve seen positive feedback about it, most Facebook comments on their page’s post are very negative and everyone I talk to in real life has stopped watching. It’s on a major downslide and I don’t think the whole losing virginity episode is going to help much. Finchel is boring and totally overrated and while Klaine is popular among Gleeks I’m not sure how well that’ll go over with the general public. The whole show is just too much of a clusterf**k nowadays. I also think that because Glee has been marketing themselves toward kids…toys, games, even Easter baskets they kind of shot themselves in the foot. You can’t keep bringing on edgy story lines and try to tap the family market, trying to please everyone is going to please no one. I’ve heard a few people say they like the new show Last Man Standing, I haven’t watched it but it may end up posing a threat in the time slot.

    On the other hand I hope New Girl doesn’t continue to drop…lovin that show!

  • tripp_ncwy

    DWTS increase, the Bieber effect but he can’t be on every week. Especially when he sings like he did last night. Now that he is supposedly a baby daddy, they may rethink it.

  • Anonymous

    And if you look at the comparisons, it’s not that bad. I mean look at New Girl. It barely beat Glee last night, and NG is a brand new show.

    That’s not a good comparison, since Glee is the more established show.  It should be able to withstand a hiatus better than New Girl.  It’s audience would more likely keep up with when it’s going to air.  And while the total viewer numbers were very close, New Girl did a lot better in the key demo, which is an area where Glee used to win every night.  It’s more likely that Glee plus the Hiatus hurt New Girl’s numbers.  Glee just hasn’t given New Girl any lead in support.

  • JJ123

    That’s a very good point!  I actually forgot about New Girl until I clicked on here last night and seen the Glee post which made me remember that New Girl comes on after and to go check my DVR. 

  • Guest

    Im ready to give up on Glee -it has jumped the shark…The story lines are just way too out there and not realistic in the slightest.  Didn’t like the Glee Project winner on the show at all.  And some people are going to get turned off by 2 story lines – Kurt & Santana — and I want to see how they handle Klaine – I don’t want it to be any tamer than a straight couple on the show…Buthonestly as I watched last night, I kept thinking I may drop this from my TV viewing habits real soon….Its just not working anymore

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZQNCTEA6RRJPLKRZEKWIKGQEY Anonymous

    Last man standing ? Traditional masculinity on TV  opposite the gayest show on TV, GLee ? Maybe you should read this posting in Time : “the masculine mistake” in which comments are made that according to TV shows , masculinity is in danger and there is a nod to Chris Colfer as well… as being not masculine phyisically but still showing masculine character traits… http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/21/the-masculine-mistake/ Rgds, Axxxel

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  • Anonymous

    I’m still watching but I agree this season has been disappointing. I pretty much just watch for the musical numbers now. The stupid plotlines (like Quinn’s baby plot) are getting harder for me to overlook. And I find myself disliking a lot of the characters. So besides the music there are really few moments I’m enjoying in the show. I plan to keep trying but this season has disappointed me too.