Glee airs its final episode tonight. The show probably would have ended last season had FOX not given it a two-season renewal in 2013. Few shows have suffered a greater decline, both in terms of ratings and critical acclaim, over the course of their run. Imagine Rachel Berry singing a cover of Barbra Streisand’s cover of Memory from Cats as we take a look back at the show’s ratings.
Glee had an unusual launch. Its pilot aired in May 2009 after an episode of the then red hot American Idol, earning a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. Its second episode did not air until the fall. Much like Empire, the show became a sensation. The season one finale scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Season two premiered to a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating then the show began its ratings decline. Season two ended with a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Season 3 launched at 4.0 and ended at 2.9. Those were still solid ratings, so FOX’s continued faith in the show made sense. The 2012-13 season premiered to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, but by the season finale, the show had fallen to a 2.0. Inexplicably, FOX gave it a two season renewal. Season 5 premiered at 2.0 and fell all the way to a 0.6 by the end of the season. Since it was stuck with a ratons lemon, FOX moved the show to Friday’s this season and shortened its episode order. Even by Friday standards, its performance has been dismal. It premiered to a 0.7, fell to a series low 0.5 on February, climbed back to a 0.6 for several week then rose to a 0.7 for last week’s penultimate episode.
Does the show have a prayer of breaking a 1.0 for its finale? Make your prediction!