The two-hour premiere of Glee aired on Fox last night to much fanfare, but alas it seems that many Gleeks tuned out. According to Entertainment Weekly, ratings for the double-episode season six opener were only 2.3 million viewers, with a 0.7 share amongst the key 18-49 demographic.
The figures are 65% down on the season five premiere in September, 2013, and were the lowest rated series episode a major broadcast network for the night.
These figures would normally be terrifying for any series but, seeing as this is confirmed as Glee’s final season, and there are only 13 episodes, will the bosses at Fox really care? Whilst they’re not going to air a show that is losing money, there is still revenue to be made off Glee with music sales. Also, how painful would it be to cancel a series as it limps into it shortened final season after an award-studded six year run? Very, I should say.
It probably didn’t help that Glee had been moved to the “Friday night death slot”, a supposed black hole from 8-11pm ET where television shows go to die. Whilst this might be a factor, I suspect the eight-month hiatus since the end of season five, as well as the negative reception spoilers have received, is more likely the cause.
Personally, I liked the episodes last night; “Loser Like Me” and “Homecoming”. There were tears, yes (mainly for Klaine fans, as the couple broke up…again) but there were also fabulous musical numbers, a couple of newbies with fantastic voices and our old favourites back again. Almost the entire cast of the show choir “New Directions” from season one appeared last night, and it was wonderful to see them again.
Make sure to read 4YE’s awesome Glee recap from our very own Kirsty Wallace, and feel free to hit us up in the comments. Are you surprised at the ratings? Were you disappointed with the songs? And where can you get that shirt Chris Colfer was wearing with those red pants…