'The Glee Project' ratings underwhelm. Why?


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The Glee Project might be aiming to find the next Glee cast member, but it seems to be having trouble just finding an audience.

Despite positive reviews from critics, the reality show notched just under a half million viewers Sunday night, according to ratings reports. Comparatively, Glee averaged a little over 10 million viewers throughout the second season. 

The competition show no doubt suffered greatly from airing at the same time as the Tony Awards, which posted a 9 percent gain in 18-49 viewership year over year. In somewhat more surprising figures, the NBA Finals might have also played a part. Among women 18-34, Game 6 stood as the No. 1 TV program of the week, according to figures from ABC, and was the highest rated Game 6 in 11 years.

Or could the audience simply be all Gleeked out? Take our poll.

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  • Stacey

    Simple, it was on the Oxygen Network. I don’t get the channel; I would have watched if I could. Also against basketball and Tony’s. It was a losing battle. But still it wasn’t helped by being on Oxygen!

    • ace214

      My cable company also does not carry Oxygen. I caught it on Hulu.

      • Bama

        My cable package doesn’t come with oxygen…thanks for the heads up on hulu.

      • cc

        Yep me too.

      • wg

        Also don’t get Oxygen channel – and another thanks for the Hulu tip. I’ll go check it out there.

    • Zach

      I agree. While I’m aware Oxygen is an actual network, it never dawns on me to watch it/I can never find it. I dont know why Fox wouldn’t just air this on their own network. It seems like a fairly harmless, quick season that could deliver them some summer ratings instead of showing reruns. I think Oxygen is just to small of a network to get people to generally care about it.

    • Ceece

      Exact same for me. I would have loved to watch, but I have to pay extra for oxygen so I can’t. I just gotta view it on Hulu the next day.

    • Brandi

      My cable company does not provide Oxygen either. I was watching the Tony’s, but I couldn’t have watched live anyway. For some reason my cable company did have the episode on demand the next day so at least I got to see it.

  • McProphet

    Glee will always be the Rachel & Finn Show, so the new cast member is irrelevant. Especially since the “top prize” is only like a 7-episode arc, if they even get that. Remember Charice was touted to be a hot commodity last season and wound up only appearing in the first episode and then a handful of appearances sprinkled thoughout the rest of the season. Whoever wins this show will be keeping former member Matt company in the other school district soon enough.

    • frank

      Because they Rachel and Finn are the leads why is that hard to understand. Chris and Naya sure got enough. But I want to know the original cast not new kids.

  • Jojo

    I don’t care about new cast members. They won’t write a decent story for most of the current cast so why should I care about someone else. When they graduate I’m done with Glee.

    • joe

      this is the answer why don;t any of the reporters pick up on this.

  • jared

    How much stock does EW own in this show? It was mentioned at least four times (that I counted) in the latest issue.

    • Krauss

      Glee is Fox and EW is Warner, so the answer is ZERO, idiot.

      • jared

        Good lord, I was just being sarcastic.

  • Sarah

    Easy I dont get it in Canada

  • Max

    None of the reasons listed above. When you have a show based off another show, it alienates viewers. If you dont watch Glee already, then why would you watch a show about CASTING a new member for Glee?

    When you create a show, you want it to appeal to as many people as possible. But when you have a show that will only appeal to MAX 10 million people (as said in your article, the avg. amount of people who watched Glee), you have to bank that they will want to tune in to something like this.

    The fact they have 500k people tuning in (or 5% of the viewing audience of Glee) is really impressive, because I would have imagined their numbers to be much less.

    • Max

      Oh and one more point to add, if they simply called the show something else and didnt mention Glee in the name, more people would have tuned in. The prize can still be getting cast on Glee, but promoting Glee on the title is just a turnoff to viewers.

      You dont see Americas Next Top Model trying to call themselves “America’s Next CoverGirl”, which is basically what the show is. Appeal to masses people!! Thats showbiz.

  • Anonymous

    Two words: Glee overload.

    The only positive about that show is Jane Lynch and that’s it.

    • frank

      please Jane was one of the weakest part of the show this year.

  • abadstroller

    Not so much Glee overload, but the fact that the show isn’t easy to get for some people because it’s on Oxygen. If it were actually on Fox (who loves themselves some talent competitions), more people would watch.

    • frank

      Please million watched the reruns of glee.

      People don’t want more cast members.

  • Hlo

    Because GLEE sucks A$$

    • Eric P


    • ruby

      I second that statement.

  • really?

    Maybe because Glee blows????

    • Jessica

      Agreed. The show is truly awful. I gave it a chance and watched the first season, only to live with the increasingly awful writing every week. And people say that season was the best of the series! Can’t imagine what the second has been like. Ugh.

  • gleek

    we do want to think of an idea that can effect the show in the future, in terms of changing the cast. I can’t watch a season without all of the original characters. although I really don’t mind if they add new members without dropping anyone. SO SEND THEM TO COLLEGE, plus you can get away with more stuff in college without the PTC on the producers back all the time.

  • Frank

    So stupid to air it against the Tony Awards. I had to DVR it -and watched it afterward. And it took me awhile just to find the Oxygen network -I’ve never watched that network before.

    • Caitie F

      Yeah – we were all excited to watch the first episode…then saw it was against the Tonys. Why would they premiere it on the biggest night for theater fans?

  • Randy

    I TiVo’d it, so watched it after the Tony’s…the following day. I’m sure it doesn’t help that this show appears on Oxygen and NOT on the same network as Glee appears on.

  • Chris

    The same thing happened when there was a show about finding someone to star in the High School Musical movies and that didn’t do well either. Also, the prize in that one was a song to play during the credits of HSM3.

    • Brandi

      I liked that show, but the prize was LAME.

  • allie

    the only find a new cast member show that i liked, was the search for elle woods. that was the only one worth watching

    • Brandi

      I did love the Search for the Next Elle Woods.

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