"Glee" was one of the most critically acclaimed hits of the fall, but like many critical favorites it did not translate to big ratings. The show averaged just under 8 million viewers an episode during its first 13 episodes, putting it on par with shows like "The Biggest Loser" and "Medium."
"Glee" returned Tuesday night at 9:28pm ET immediately following "American Idol." The lead-in from "Idol" and the unusual start time resulted in 13.6 million viewers. Perhaps what is most impressive is that "Glee" held on to all (or gained as many as they lost) of "Idol's" 18-34 year old viewers, the demographic most sought after by advertisers.
All that's left for "Glee" is to wait and see whether these new viewers come back to continue watching in the following weeks. Nielsen does note that there were 1.6 million fewer viewers in the final 5 minutes of the latest show than the first 5 minutes, but most of those viewers lost were from older demographics.
"Glee" is a great show, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you should. The first 13 episodes are already available on DVD, and the last six are available to watch free at www.hulu.com/glee.
Story by Kevin Olsta
Starpulse contributing writer