Glee: Premiere Brings Mixed Ratings, Keep It or Cancel It?

GleeFOX’s much-hyped preview of Glee aired in a coveted position, following the second-to-last American Idol of the season. In that plum timeslot, how well did Glee perform do? Will the musical comedy stick around?

Glee follows the administrators and the members of a formerly top show choir at a fictional Ohio high school. A young teacher (Broadway’s Matthew Morrison) offers to take over leading the group to try to return them to their former glory. Other castmembers include Jayma Mays, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Jessalyn Gilsig, and Jane Lynch.

The series debuted to an average of 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers sound okay on their own but, when you dig deeper, it’s a different tune. The show’s American Idol lead-in attracted 23.8 million viewers with an 8.6 rating in the demo. About half as many people tuned in to watch Glee and then, by the second half hour, another three million tuned out.

Should Glee be cancelled?

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FOX execs have to be disappointed considering the great Idol lead-in and all of the promotion that the network has poured into it. The show has already secured a spot on FOX’s Fall schedule as the network’s only new drama. It’ll definitely be back. But, if the debut is any indication of the show’s future, you have to wonder, for how long?

According to FOX spokesperson Joe Earley, the network is pleased with the show’s average performance. He tells the Hollywood Reporter, “The measurement for success last night was never about the demo rating… We’re definitely happy with the way Glee performed, we knew how tough the competition was going to be, last night was a marketing experiment and we got almost 10 million people to see it, which is fantastic. We could work all summer long marketing the show and not get those many people, and certainly not in the fall.”

So, what do you think? Worth keeping or should it be cancelled?

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  1. peter says

    What a load of crap, there are plenty of other good shows that have be canceled, which are no where near as bad as this crap, the sooner the better ,trash it.

  2. GleeGleek says

    Oh and Also PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! DOONTT ENDDD ITT?!!! IT would make me sad !!! and some people!! :( If u Dont know any ideas for the show i got some?!!! Rachel Sould do Begging on your knees For Finn By Victoria Justiceeee!!! and the girls in the Glee sould do Fergalicious!! and Stuff!?! heres a couple of ideas?!! IF there’s no room on Fox for the show u can just move it right? too like ABC Family or Disneychannel? Nickolodeaon?

  3. GleeGleek says

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I <3 Glee sooooo much!!! I dont want it to END?!!! What other Drama Shows Am i gonna Watch!!!! I Love this one the BESTTT?!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! DONTT CANCLE ITTT!!!!!!! I AM A GLEE FAN!!! Best Drama Music show ever!!! Please dont cancle :(

  4. E. says

    If Fox cancels GLEE I will NEVER watch anything on FOX including sports! I really don’t like the storyline but I love ALL the songs that they sing.. KEEP GLEE!!!!!

    • says

      I think Glee should stay on forever, I think people like it enough to keep it on television… I don’t know about either of you GLEE fans, but I think it is entertainment to everyone at home. Nothing else is on everything else is canceled, you can’t cancel Glee either. Please… Keep Glee…. I love Mr. William Schuester.

      Thank you…. ♥ you guys!!!

  5. BNE516 says

    why is everyone picking on Glee? what’s wrong? is it finally a show you can sit and lose your thoughts into without thinking about all the days troubles you had or all the bad things going on in the world, or a whole bunch of violence? it seems unless its a show with sexual content or violence much like is going on today people aren’t happy. so what if songs aren’t the way people think they should be. i think they do a fantastic job with the show and all it comes down to is……if you don’t like the show …then don’t watch it and complain about it and want it taken away from those of us whom really enjoy it.

  6. Shane Messick says

    GLEE gives performers dreams to shoot for, and new material to master. The show is amazing and seems to continue to produce amazing numbers. GLEE has created more respect for performance type things it seems and it is an amazing show and many people can enjoy it!

    • its me says

      right but when the new material is cut up and half of the original its not really worth it. or the infamous “why is gene simmons on drums” from the kiss episode. even the dissapointing john lennon imagine cover, in which they cut out the whole first verse.

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