'Glee' finale watched by nearly 11 million viewers

glee-finaleImage Credit: Adam Rose/FoxThe finale of Glee on Tuesday lured nearly 11 million viewers and finished the year as the highest-rated season-ender for all freshman series, according to preliminary ratings. The drama posted a 4.6 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 – up 18 percent from last week – and was up 21% in total viewers. Fox says the finale also represented the show’s highest-rated telecast without a lead-in from American Idol.  

Glee won its hour among adults 18-49, adults 18-34, teens and all female demographics. Glee was also up 59% in total viewers versus what it averaged in the fall when it aired on Wednesdays (11.6 million versus 7.3 million).

ABC – which had the NBA Finals – won the night in viewers (10.52 million), followed by CBS (9.18 million), Fox (8.93 million) and NBC (8.84 million).

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  • brandy

    What a great finale. How am I going to wait 3 months for more??

    • Joran Van der Sloot

      3 months? I won’t see another episode for 20-35 years!

      • Sherley Martinez

        lol why? Thats harsh, I thought it was inspiring….and cheesy….but cheesy is good, sometimes.

      • Sherley Martinez

        Oh wait I get it. Van der Sloot right.

      • Jules

        More like 25-life… LMAO

  • Lorie

    Thank goodness FOX will air Glee re-runs this summer.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think FOX is big on re-runs. They never aired re-runs for 24, but I’m so glad they will for Glee.

    • Nathan

      I’m looking forward to the Blu-ray release in September, every episode in glorious HD!

    • DC

      They run re runs of house all the time

  • conor O’Brien

    Didn’t The Good Wife have something like 14 million viewers in it’s final, is that not a Freshman series? is that what ya call a spin on a story? and what about NCIS:LA (not that I watch it) that did even better, I am a huge GLEE fan, but all this viewership stuff is all over the place!

    • Renaton

      I agree. This headline makes no sense whatsoever.
      Everybody knows “The Good Wife” and “MCIS:LA” are bigger hits in terms of ratings.

      • Tim

        Don’t forget about Undercover Boss. It had ratings of about 15 million for each episode and was, you guessed it, a freshman series. EW’s reporting sure has fallen in recent years.

      • KatieBell

        Not in the ratings that matter to advertisers.

    • Rebec

      When it comes to TV ratings, all that matters is the 18-49 demographic. The Good Wife might have 12+ million viewers, but its 18-49 demographic is only around 2.4.

      • Duke

        Not all the time. It all depends on the network and what demographic area they are trying to achieve. Look at CW, their highest rated show receives a 2.2 demo with a little over 3 million viewers, and yet they are considered a hit and advertisers such as maybeline pays big bucks for them.
        The rating system is plain weird and should get with the time. It’s 2010!

    • Lawrence

      You guys do know that when they say “highest rated” they base it on the 18-49 rating right? And not the viewers in millions? This is why CBS almost always has the most viewers but not the ratings winner. So… uhh yeah. Do your research.

      • Dave

        Lawrence, I get your point and you’re probably right. But when it is worded in the article like this…”The finale of Glee on Tuesday lured nearly 11 million viewers and finished the year as the highest-rated season-ender for all freshman series”…it makes it seem as if they are referring to the 11 million total viewers who watched and not the 18-49 rating. The article should specify that Glee wins in the 18-49 demo instead of basically pushing the reader to infer that it wins in total viewers.

      • dipshat

        oohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, now i get it. Not that i actually cared in the first place.

      • bekki

        Dave…HIGHEST RATED!!! it isn’t saying that it had the most viewers. It’s stating that it got a high of 11 million, showing they gained 4 million viewers since it began…and then said that they’ve beat all freshers in the rating. they obviously mean in the 18-49 demo because they kept going on about them. just use your brain and don’t insult people. They use their time to write this stuff for you, just be grateful!

    • Gabe

      I think they meant Glee was the #1 new show finale in 18-49. The Good Wife and NCIS: LA rated higher in all people, but I think Glee beat them in 18-49.

  • Im_Abbie

    I love this show! What an amazingly talent group of young people. I cannot wait until next season. 3 months is way too long!

  • LaShawna

    I agree. This article is misleading. It flat out states that Glee’s finale was the highest rated among all freshman dramas, NOT just highest rated among the coveted advertising group. There are definitely more shows that have consistently higher ratings than Glee. And I am saying this as someone who actually likes the show watched the Glee finale.

  • Karen

    Bet next year the finale will be in May so it is part of sweeps calculations.

  • Hah!

    Man. “Lost” only had 13.5 Million for it’s SERIES finale. “Lost” really lost it in the last year, huh?

    • Adam

      Not really. Ratings were actually up compared to last year’s finale. And the season average this year was about 11.5 million, so the finale was above the season average. Sure, the past few years of Lost haven’t reached the ratings success of the first 2 seasons of the show (18+ million viewers). But that was mostly due to the shaky first half of season 3 where a lot of viewers abandoned ship. The show has been great ever since then and its viewership has been steady due to the loyal fanbase. No one expected the series finale to post numbers over 15 million. Why would anyone who wasn’t consistently watching the show decide to just tune in for the final episode? They wouldn’t have understood what was going on. Lost isn’t the kind of show where you can just tune in whenever you want and understand what’s going on.

      • Hah!

        That’s the best you got? Oh how the mighty have fallen…

        If it was up against freaking GLEE it might have eroded further? That’s just sad, dude.

      • Adam

        “That’s the best you got?” Umm, I’m not quite sure what you’re getting at. I gave you a logical response without being a snarky troll. What’s sad? How old are you? Seriously, grow up.

  • Lori

    I’m glad they are re-running season one over the summer. I can’t be completely Glee-less.
    I caught the somewhat misleading ratings reporting as well.
    It seemed silly for them to do that. It didn’t accomplish anything but it did get me to raise an eyebrow, Spock-style.

  • Flo

    Can someone identify the arrangemnet of “Over the Rainbow” that Morrison sings at the end of the show? I know I’ve heard it before but can’t place where. Thanks.

    • pookeysis

      it was played in the ER episode where Dr. Mark Green dies of brain cancer…that was the first i heard it anyways and I always remember because it was so sad…

  • David Nutter

    Sure..it was based on the rendition make popular by the gentle soul that was Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 38.

  • Flo

    Thank you both. It is worth recognizing. I remember the ER episode and will now download the original.

  • J-So

    This just in – there are nearly 11 million homosexuals in America.

    ohhh….I’m just messin with ya….

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