We assumed that there would be some lower ratings for the “Glee” premiere on Friday night, but how low did the show go? Let’s just say that someone is probably pretty annoyed at former Fox head Kevin Reilly for renewing this show for two seasons so many years ago.
Despite actually being far and away better than the show was in either its fourth or fifth season, the premiere last night averaged just a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Basically, this is only a slight improvement on how The CW performs during this timeslot. So why the terribly low ratings? We really attribute it to a number of different things.
1. Friday nights. This is a show with a young audience, and many of them are probably off doing other things at this time rather than sitting down and watching a show that is already past its prime.
2. The fault of past failures. Had “Glee” not had such an enormous identity crisis and not done the whole McKinley reboot, we feel like it’d be in a better place now. The show should have just shifted to New York exclusively for a couple of years, and that would have made the return to the school even better. It tried to do too much.
3. Fad feeling. “Glee” is yesterday’s news for many out there. It was almost too innovative for its own good, and many viewers have simply just moved on. It caught fire so quickly that it was bound to burn out.
As for some other notable news from last night, “Shark Tank” continues to dominate with a 1.9, and “Last Man Standing” benefited from a “Home Improvement” reunion of sorts, as it rose up to a 1.6.
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