Glee Super Bowl 2011: Lea Michele and Thriller Ratings!
Last night was a great night for the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but it was a pretty damn good night for Glee too.
Glee got the coveted spot of being the show that followed the Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Super Bowl. In years past that honor has gone to a variety of different shows including Survivor, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Friends and Undercover Boss. The ratings for these shows tend to be good because there are a lot of people who are stuffed full of hot wings, beer and whatever else they have been gorging on for the last three hours they don’t feel like changing the channel. Not to mention that many rival networks have very little on because they don’t want to compete with the Super Bowl XLV.
While most of these shows do pretty well, Glee did exceptional. It brought in 26.8 million viewers which was not only the highest rated episode of Glee ever, but also the highest rated scripted TV show (meaning non-reality show) to air on TV in three years. Last year’s Super Bowl follower Undercover Boss got higher ratings than Glee, but it is a reality show that doesn’t require you to have seen any other episodes to know what is going on. Glee is a scripted show in the middle of its season that the average viewer may have trouble following if they just jump into it now. In short, it was a big win for the show.
One of Glee’s stars, Lea Michele, also impressed as she sang “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game performances. She was clearly the best of the musical performances on the Super Bowl and did herself and the show proud.
Glee Season 2 returns to its regular time slot tomorrow night with another all new episode. It will be interesting to see if the ratings for that episode are up from where they normally are for the show. If so we can say that Glee truly benefited from its spot after the Super Bowl. If not, we can just assume most of those viewers were still in a football haze and just left the TV on.
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