'Glee' finale falls to dramatic new low

Rachel (Lea Michele, third from left) and her friends perform in the "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project" season finale episode of "Glee."

Story highlights

  • Ratings for the finale were down 38 percent
  • CW's "The Originals" beat it in preliminary ratings
  • NBC's "The Voice" held steady
Will that final season order get a little smaller?
Fox's "Glee" fell to a dramatic new low for its fifth season finale Tuesday night. The once-hugely popular musical dramedy dropped to just 1.9 million viewers and a 0.6 ratings among adults 18-49 — that's down 38 percent from "Glee's" previous series low reached earlier this season.
"Glee" was even topped in the preliminary ratings by The CW's "The Originals" finale, which is inflated slightly due to some baseball preemption in New York City, but The CW says its shows should still beat Fox's lineup in the demo when the final numbers are released. "Glee" is ordered for a 22-episode final season that will premiere next year, but earlier this week Fox left open the possibility of that order shrinking. Fox also premiered improv-obstacle course comedy Riot last night to what one analyst called the lowest rating for a series premiere on the Big 4 broadcast network ever.
Also Tuesday: The finales for CBS' "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "Person of Interest" were all up from last week. NBC's "The Voice" was steady, "About a Boy" was up slightly for one episode and tied with last week for its finale, and the finale of "Chicago Fire" was steady and up 12 percent from last season's closer. ABC's "SHIELD" finale was steady, "The Goldbergs" finale posted a slight gain, the "Trophy Wife" series finale jumped 29 percent from last week.