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Things are not looking good for the folks at Glee. Last night’s “Choke” episode clocked in at a new series low for the musical comedy.

According to TVByTheNumbers, “Choke” came in at the following numbers:

  • 2.4 in adults 18-49 (down 11% from last week’s 2.7)
  • 5.95 million viewers (a new series low)

The only good news in all of this is that almost every other show that was on last night was either at series or season lows as well. It was just a dull night for American television.

What are your thoughts on Glee’s sinking numbers, which we’ve reported on before?


  • rdh014


    • Gary65

      Then take a break. Cos ratings have tanked for loads of shows over the last month and some of them(like my personal favourite The Secret Circle) may not be back for another season as a result.

      • rdh014

        Take a break? Hmmm not possible. Sorry, if I don’t have time to watch Glee, as much as I love it. 

        • Gary65

          You do realize you’re going to flop over dead if you study non-stop all day, right?

          • Mia

            Well when studying, you should take breaks. Usually they are to eat, sleep and use the restroom. Other than that, during finals week, it’s all about the studying.

          • Gary65

            I know a girl who did that. She died.

    • Peeta Mellark

      eh, its been like this for a while

    • QuaffleRose34

      that’s exactly what i was thinking when i read this lol.  it is officially testing month for many schools, especially colleges and universities and AP/IB program high schools. 

    • http://twitter.com/aukwordpenguin Moriah C

      -crazed engineering student who has been studying physics for two straight days

  • Gary65

    Take it from me. Ryan just needs to get through the rest of this season as best he can, then come back with an uber-strong season 4 and try and hold his audience. Otherwise, there’ll be no season 5.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Vladan Vukmanov

      This. Ryan needs to focus equally on both Glee and AHS. I have a feeling he got bored with Glee.

      • http://twitter.com/Red_Fiasco Cris

        Funny. So did I.

  • Mairead Nguyen

    this is not good. not good at all. with those, i sure as hell hope glee gets to season five. :(

  • Isistelle

    I can’t believe people miss so great episodes… I wouldn’t miss Glee for the world

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    I really don’t understand the dropping ratings, a least on a quality level. I’ve loved every ep since On My Way. Season 3 has had a fantastic blow up so far and I’m sad people are missing it

  • Tyler

    Lol, we need to calm down. We put Glee on a pedistal! 5.49 is a lot of viewers! My fav show (one tree hill) lasted nine seasons with an average of 2-3 million an episode! These was still high numbers, just not as good as Glee normally does. (I assure you, Glee will get to at LEAST five seasons)

    • guest

       I agree. How is 90210 still on with just around 1 million viewers?

      • Jeff D.

        You can’t be comparing shows on the CW. The CW, as the 5th network, usually has the lowest #’s out of all the Top 5 networks. So you can’t compare Glee with that.

        • guest

           Well, you can compare glee season 1 to glee season 3, not much of a difference until the end of the season.

        • Melissa

          Exactly! The CWs average numbers are usually around 1 million. Its most popular show is the Vampire Diaries which got about 2.2mil last week. So you can see why they keep 90210.

    • TheHamburglar

      Totally different. It’s not fair to compare shows on different channels. Yeah, OTH averaged that much but that was because all the other shows on the same channel were the same/below those viewer #’s. Also, the only way Glee is going to Season 5 is if they rebound dramatically next season, which I don’t see happening. FOX isn’t afraid to cancel the shows that were once what brought their channel buzz.

  • Stuart K.

    The episodes lately have just been terrible. The plot is too preachy and they address serious issues with outlandish situations that aren’t believable. There’s no way that Quinn would have survived that type of accident and furthermore she should not be able to ‘regain full motion’ eventually. I’m not saying I not saying I wanted her killed off but why have such a serious epsiode if its all eventually pointless (they’re not the pioneers on texting while driving)

    Also the characters lately are both unlikable and tired not to mention so are some of the story lines such as Saturday Night Fever, album that people of the demographic that watch glee mostly don’t care for.

    Sue and Will in particular seem to just be one trick as far as character development. It used to be a show I looked forward to each week. Now I feel like I don’t even realize it aired until the weekend and even then I’m not rushing to watch.

    • Morgan

      I have to disagree with you about Quinn. I know somebody at my school who was in a car accident and wasn’t supposed to walk again because of his spinal chord injury. He ended up recovering and walks with a cane. Now he can even walk sometimes without it, and he actually had a large part in our school musical involving dancing without his cane. But yeah I would have thought that it was unrealistic too if I hadn’t known somebody that it’s happened to.

  • TheHamburglar

    Let’s be realistic for a second…the only reason why Glee is still around is because of the money they make from the music sales. It sometimes drives me insane how Glee can continually post poor numbers and still remain on the air but so many FOX shows have gotten canceled over the past 5 years that had better ratings than Glee. In typical Ryan Murphy fashion, he puts all his effort into the beginning of a series then neglects it once its been successful. I hate how he gets rewarded for doing such. Watch AHS take this same path. 

    • steinway1701

       FOX is heavily invested in GLEE…and the international distribution of the show is not suffering the same ratings issues as here in the US. When it boils down, there are a lot of issues at play keeping GLEE on the air…but US ratings are note driving the decision.

    • mel

      um, 6 million is not poor numbers.  

  • http://twitter.com/elanorosavan Beth

    Glee is still Fox’s best scripted show and hopefully the numbers will spike as we head to graduation.  
    TVByTheNumbers has also just released new adjusted data which places Glee at 2.5 now so its gone up a .1 which is good (as well as going over the 6m  mark) It is worrying though if there is an increasing decline next year.


  • Andrea

    Well we all need to remember that one of the biggest demographics of the show ( college students) are gearing up for their finals right about now. I had mine last week and I know a ton of people who are right in the middle of their finals week now. So yeah that might have something to do with last night’s season lows. I can’t imagine why people weren’t watching. “Choke” was easily one of my top five favorite episodes of this season.

  • steinway1701

    It’s too bad the ratings are so horrible…but I’m not surprised. I thought the last episode was a good one. Unfortunately, it was a rare “good one.” At this point, I just want the season to end, wipe the slate clean, and reboot the series next year with a whole new cast. As much as I love the New Directions kids…the show is stuck in trying to make stars rather than tell stories. I say get rid of the whole lot…and start fresh next season.

    • Dfghjk

      The show won’t survive without this cast. :(

    • Sydney Rose33

      I know I definitely wouldn’t watch it without this cast. We have been through so much, to cut if off now and start over would completely ruin the show. They may be going through a bad period right now, but that doesn’t mean that the whole cast needs to be changed to fix it. 

  • Hp-Glee-Hunger-Games-Fan

    First point: demographics. People of all ages watch this show. HOWEVER, many of those viewers are in high school and college (or even middle school) and are currently in the midst of finals. These age groups are the same age groups that have been shown to recently have abandoned regular television. They still watch the shows, but, from their point of view, why sit through commercials when they can watch it on their DVR whenever they want, or on their digital devices. I have many friends who watch Glee, and almost all of them wait and watch it a few days later when they have the time, or buy it or watch it on Hulu one or two days later and watch it on their computers or portable devices. These numbers aren’t usually counted in regular primetime ratings. The Fox CEO has said that they look at these numbers in addition to their ratings and music sales.
    2nd issue: We as viewers are never happy. We often blame the show for not delivering, but many of us don’t exactly know ourselves. One week, the comments on Hypable complain that Glee is much too serious and needs to get lighter and more comedic. The next week, it is lighter and more comedic, but we complain it didn’t make any sense, was unrealistic, and ridiculous. A lot of us have trouble just sitting back and enjoying it as a TV show. We have very high standards, and when they are not met, we are disgruntled. When the show doesn’t go the way we want it to or think it should go, we criticize it to no end. (NOTE: Of course not everyone does. I’m not trying to demonize the fandom. I do this just as much as other, and these are just my observations over the past few months). Glee probably will not be winning many awards, but why can’t we just enjoy it as an entertaining show for as long as it continues to air? The writing is typically mediocre (and sometimes worst), but it has its occasional bright points. The performances by the cast are consistently wonderful. They work really hard, and do the best with what they’re given.
    All in all, Glee might not be the best show out there, but I think many of us still find it reasonably entertaining, so why don’t we try to sit back, relax, and enjoy what we get?

    • http://twitter.com/elanorosavan Beth

      well written- i agree with you entirely. 

    • lulu

      for obvious reasons glee is getting worse.shows like bones, ncis even community constantly delivering a whole packet of their identity and development. the writers really cared about their stories even though some may not like every episodes but people will still praise or appreciate the writings and the common sense. glee was never giving to the other characters like tina or britanny. it’s just a show that was planning the songs (to get a record deal) and the guest stars first rather than the messages. and that’s just sad

  • Mirna Farah

    it’s actually been adjusted on the site, and its now at 6.01 million viewers, which is still a series low but is over the 6 million mark
    and this is really weird because the previous episode, whitney, which i know a lot of people really liked had 6.8 million viewers. so either people forgot about this one (as i nearly did) or they just were busy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

    I work!! but its still making money because its always the number one show on itunes! people are on their computers more than TV( people meaning ages 12-30) most watch online, or wait to buy and watch on itunes. Well thats what everyone I know does.

    • jozefd14

      Exactly in the age of techonlogy (Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, etc) it has become normal to just watch the show not on on schedule but on your own time… and without any commercials lol

      • Isistelle

        And they forget the other countries. In France we’re numerous to follow the show, and we watched it by downloading, the day after the episode aired in US

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I actually thought this episode was a lot better than they have been this spring. 

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    NCIS is on at the same time, so I record Glee and watch it later.

  • http://www.youtube.com/fravit Fravit

    Glee has never been as good as it was during the first 14 episodes. Ever since then I’ve been waiting for it to get better but it just doesn’t happen. I will give season 4 a shot, but if it doesn’t grab me right away I think I’m done. Though something tells me it probably won’t get a 5th season as I’m not the only one who feels this way. I hope I end up being wrong.

  • KL

    Everyone knows how they calculate ratings, right?

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    I’m not that familiar with the American standard for ratings, but if a show has three trending toppics on twitter during it’s airing, I think it still can’t be that bad.. 

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    i think people are just tired of watching the same thing

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