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Ratings: “Glee” Wedding Does Not End Show’s Struggle

Ratings for the past several “Glee” episodes prove that the mere idea of the final season does not carry special appeal. The Friday timeslot is not helping matters, but the string of series low or near-series low performances would not have emerged had audiences seen the final season as a special attraction.

Would they see a wedding within that final string of episodes as anything approximating a special attraction?

With only a few episodes left, Friday’s “A Wedding,” after all, represented the last major “event” the series will offer prior to the March 20 finale. It was obviously not going to draw a legitimately impressive number, but could it at least produce a meaningful rise from last week’s performance?

The answer is no.

The lure of the wedding was unable to drive an increase in adults 18-49 and facilitated a very small boost in total viewership.

After posting a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating with 1.81 million viewers last week, “Glee” scored a 0.6 with 1.89 million for “A Wedding.”

It was the most-watched episode since January 16, but its performance is absolutely nothing to celebrate. This was a momentous wedding episode, but its viewership would have been considered inconceivable prior to the back half of the show’s low-rated fifth season.

— FOX led into “Glee” with “World’s Funniest Fails” (0.8, 2.56 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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