Does anyone still watch Glee anymore? It’s a fair question to ask now that the phenomenon that was once everywhere and totally unavoidable has seemed to slowly fade away and die off. The show that gave us the term ‘Gleeks’ and were constantly featured in the iTunes singles and album charts and even gave us a 3D concert movie now no longer seems to have the pulling power it once had.
In America, the season 5 finale drew only 1.9 million viewers (in it’s hey day – season 2, Glee was pulling in over 12 million viewers) and was even beaten by the finale of the CW’s The Originals. So dire are the ratings that Fox Entertainment chairman KevinReilly stated that they plan to trim Glee’s final season from it’s standard 22 episodes to just 13.
Here in Australia, the musical comedy drew big ratings for network ten, but now, 5 seasons on, the show has been relegated to the channel’s second station – Eleven, with the season 5 finale airing tomorrow night, May 16th at 7:30pm.
Remember the last time Glee appeared in the iTunes charts?
So the question begs to be asked. What happened? Have audiences grown too old for the show? Did Glee jump the shark somewhere along the way? Could the death of star Cory Monteith play a part in people turning off?
Either way, die-hard Gleeks will be happy to know that they still have at a minimum another 13 episodes for the final season.
What do you think? Is it time for Gleeks to close the curtain for the final time?