'Glee' ratings rise for Cory Monteith tribute

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Fox’s Glee saw a large ratings uplift Thursday night for its tribute to fallen co-star Cory Monteith.

Thursday’s heartfelt hour delivered 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, Glee‘s best rating in about a year. It’s up 40 percent from the musical dramedy’s recent season premiere and up 75 percent from last week. Here’s EW’s take on the episode and our full recap.

Over on ABC, the Once Upon a Time spin-off premiere didn’t fare so well. Wonderland continued the network’s struggle at 8 p.m. in the slot, pulling only 5.7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the demo. That’s down 23 percent from Last Resort‘s opening in this time period last year.

NBC’s new comedies fared worse … far worse. The Michael J. Fox Show plummeted 29 percent for its third week on the air to 3.8 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating. This is a series, you’ll recall, that NBC ordered 22 episodes of without seeing a pilot first. And that’s the best-rated freshman NBC sitcom on last night. Then there are fellow freshmen Welcome to the Family (0.8, down 27 percent) and Sean Saves the World (1.0, down 29 percent), which only debuted a week ago and are throwing out ratings that normally would get a show yanked from the schedule pretty quickly. NBC has been doing well this fall compared to other networks, but its Thursday comedy lineup is looking disastrous. And there’s still 18 more episodes of The Michael J. Fox Show left to go (two ran the show’s first week).

CBS’ new comedies posted far better returns, though they’re basking in Big Bang Theory‘s helpful rating afterglow and down a bit from last week: The Millers (3.1) and The Crazy Ones (2.4). CBS points out crude family comedy The Millers retained 94 percent of its premiere rating — despite lead-in Big Bang slipping a little — which is a higher percentage of premiere episode retention than any other new show this fall for its second episode. Those of the types of stats that networks really like to see.

Also last night:

– ABC’s Scandal fever cooled down a bit, softening 14 percent while still ranking as one of the night’s best-rated shows. With Glee up, Grey’s Anatomy also took a slight hit.

– NBC’s comedy woes are impacting 10 p.m.’s Parenthood, falling to a series low.

– The CW’s Vampire Diaries was down a notch.

Glee‘s 9 p.m. surge didn’t inspire anybody to try X Factor again at 8 p.m., the music competition series slipped. Full chart to share with all your friends:

 NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-9P X-FACTOR 1.9 6,293
9-10P GLEE- 2.8 7,406
ABC 8-9P ONCE-WONDERLAND P 1.7 5,738
9-10P GREY ANTMY- 2.8 8,724
10-11P SCANDAL- 3.1 8,996
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG- 4.9 17,194
8:30P MILLERS- 3.1 11,909
9:00P CRAZY ONES- 2.4 9,920
9:30P TWO&HLF MN- 2.3 9,031
10-11P ELEMENTARY- 1.9 8,938
NBC 8:00P PARK & REC- 1.2 3,249
8:30P WELCME-FAM- 0.8 2,499
9:00P SEAN-WORLD- 1.0 3,260
9:30P MJ FOX SHW- 1.2 3,845
10-11P PARENTHOOD- 1.2 3,746
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DRS- 1.1 2,489
9-10P ORIGINLS-10/10 RS 0.8 1,919

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