A rare TV/music double sensation just last year, "Glee" — an over-the-top romp about a high-school show choir filled with colorful characters — has officially entered its awkward middle years.The show already stretches the bounds of reality given that it has a bunch of late-20's and 30-year olds pretending to be high schoolers, but surely there are story lines that could have been developed that didn't involve homosexual themes. So much of the show is devoted to gay angst it's almost unwatchable. Don't teens have angst about any other issues?
Some of the stats are about as inviting as pimples and braces. "Glee" has shed 23% of its audience compared with last season even after DVR viewing is factored in, according to Nielsen. A 3-D movie tie-in was released in August and drew disappointing box office. Sales of the "Glee" albums — 13 in all, featuring the show's signature, chorus-style covers of pop hits — have plummeted lately compared with earlier efforts.
The show is averaging 10.3 million total viewers this season, down 23% compared with last year. And in its all-important adults 18 to 49 demographic, "Glee" is off by 21%, which indicates young viewers — the ones who drive most cultural trends — are cooling on it. That may leave behind a smaller audience of "Gleeks," the preferred term for hard-core fans.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I must admit I watch Glee, or perhaps I should say my wife watches Glee while I'm working on my laptop, however I do see part of the shows. The first season was entertaining and showed some promise, but starting in season 2 the show became obsessed with gay story lines. It seems as if Ryan Murphy and the others who write the show can't think of anything else to talk about, and it's hurting them in the ratings:
Posted by Rick Moore on 12/14/2011