'Glee' Will End Next Season, Series Co-Creator Ryan Murphy Says

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October 17th, 2013

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Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy said on Wednesday that season six for the show (2014-15) would be its last.

The show's adults 18-49 ratings this season were relatively low for the first two episodes (2.0, 1.6) and then spiked up to a 2.9 with last week's tribute to Cory Monteith.

 
  • Dondi

    @Brad – that’s my thought as well. Being number 2 when there are only 3 one-hour shows…also, there isn’t that much of a gap in rating between Glee and Bones. Also, I recall that season 2 of Glee was regularly getting over 10 million viewers hovering around a 4 rating (peaking at 5.9 if the Superbowl Sunday was taken away).

  • Joseph

    Didn’t the producers of “Glee” seriously consider pulling the plug right after Cory Monteith’s death and end the series “right then and there”, which would only have meant two or three episodes this season??

  • iSayso

    Long overdue. OMG, like way too long!

  • Edward Mooney

    Glee has been so over. Two seasons ago!

  • Rob R

    I love “Glee” and happy to see it guaranteed for two more years and 41 more episodes. A six season run is an incredible success and they will be able to give multiple characters a great closure.

  • Marie

    I read the full interview and Ryan said the last season was suppose to be very Cory and Lea, Finnchel heavy, and the last scene of the episode was with them together. He even knew the last line. So now he has to change everything he had planned for season 6, but that the last episode would honour Cory and Finn.

    The ratings reached their lowest ever the episode before the tribute. It then went up 81% for the Cory tribute, but I expect the old fans who tuned in to say goodbye to tune out after. The only reason it is in the number 2 spot is because every Fox one-hour show minus Sleepy Hollow is getting beyond terrible ratings. And except for the animation bloc, most of the 30-minute shows too.

  • Jamie04

    @Rob R
    I love “Glee” and happy to see it guaranteed for two more years and 41 more episodes. A six season run is an incredible success and they will be able to give multiple characters a great closure.

    Well said – I agree!

  • milo

    “Its ratings are not horrible either!”

    Most people would consider a 1.6 fairly horrible (unless it’s on the CW, or an NBC thursday night comedy), and it will probably go even lower than that this season.

  • Timmy G

    @Joseph, Ryan Murphy gave Lea Michele the option of ending it after Cory’s death, (in which case there wouldn’t have been a season 5 or 6) but she chose to carry on. Basically the fate of the show was in her hands.

  • HalCapone

    Probably a sound call telegraphing an expiration date so far in advance to prepare its rabid but dwindling fan base for the last song.

  • Larry

    Does anyone know how Glee’s 18-34 numbers have been? I know we concentrate mostly on 18-49 here so we don’t see them much. Glee has been free falling the past two years but I remembering see an ad rate article that had Glee pulling in rather strong ad rates last year based mostly due to its still strong 18-34 numbers last year.

    Was just wondering if that could of been something that contributed to its renewal, and what its 18-34 numbers might look like so far this season.

  • Shepherd

    @N

    I will never understand people who cheer when a show they don’t watch or like ends or gets cancelled. Do you cheer too when friends or family lose their job because this is what it basically comes down to.

    You do realize that essentially, no jobs are lost when a show gets cancelled? For every job ‘lost’ a new one is created when a freshman show gets put on the air. Sure, there are some individuals that lose their jobs, but for every one that does, there is an unemployed person who gains employment. He11, ‘half’ the people who lose their jobs probably find work on one of the many pilots that get produced every year; that pilot may not get picked up, but you act as though there are 1000′s of unemployed actors, gaffers, and make-up artists starving in Hollywood because of all of the shows that get cancelled.

  • iSayso

    Well now, that right there (the last song) may lift some interest in speculation.

  • reidjr

    If ratings keep dropping it would not shock me if they do a real short season next year maybe 6-8 episodes.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Hope FOX ships it off to Fridays soon, not Bones.

  • miss may

    Better to end it at season 6.

  • commonsense

    thank god!

  • Ekras

    Thank god this is ending. Maybe they will spend the money on something worthwhile instead of this garbage.

  • Ekras

    @N

    “I will never understand people who cheer when a show they don’t watch or like ends or gets cancelled. Do you cheer too when friends or family lose their job because this is what it basically comes down to.”

    It’s quite simple – networks have a limited pool of dollars. There aren’t nearly enough dramas right now, and way to much crap like Glee and reality TV. Every time one of these fails, it’s money that could potentially go to developing a show that doesn’t make you vomit. Granted a show like this is much much cheaper than a scripted Drama (I think this might even cost less than some reality stuff) but if enough of these fail than hopefully the networks will give up on them entirely. At least that’s the theory…..

  • ars041

    @Ekras

    You are trying to say that glee failed as a show but last I checked 6 seasons isn’t a failure. All shows that are successful get at least 6 seasons. One great show that got 6 seasons was oh I don’t know Lost.

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