Update 2: According to Nielsen’s Final Broadcast data, the fifth “Glee” season finale posted a series low 0.6 adults 18-49 rating with 1.87 million viewers.
While it narrowly edged The CW’s “The Originals” in total viewers (1.76 million), it trailed that show’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. It therefore placed fifth among the five broadcast networks Tuesday.
“Riot,” which led out of “Glee,” flopped with a 0.5 and 1.34 million.
Update: The overnight metered markets were not misleading. If anything, they understated the extent of the ratings drop for the show’s fifth season finale.
Tuesday’s “Glee” became the first in the series’ history to average less than 2 million viewers. Based on Nielsen Fast National data, the show only averaged 1.92 million pairs of eyeballs from 8-9PM.
It also hit a series low 0.6 in adults 18-49.
Not intrigued by the development of the “Untitled Rachel Berry Project”–or the explosive finish teased by creator Ryan Murphy–viewers did not flock to FOX for the season finale of “Glee.”
In fact, Tuesday’s episode sank to a new series low in the overnight metered market ratings.
Down from last week’s 1.9 overnight household mark, the season finale posted a mere 1.8 rating. While it is uncertain if that drop will manifest in the adults 18-49 number, it is clear from the overnight drop that “Glee” did not receive a notable uptick in interest for its final episode until 2015.
“Riot,” which premiered out of “Glee,” barely registered with a mere 1.1 rating.