‘Glee’ Backlash? Reality Show Fails to Cash In on Success of Fox Hit That Inspired It

Jun 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The success of Fox’s "Glee" hasn’t translated to Oxygen’s reality show "The Glee Project," which tracks "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy as he looks for a new cast member for the Fox hit, reports Joe Adalian in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

Just 455,000 people watched the show’s Sunday debut, and in the key demographic of viewers 18 to 49 years old, the total was a mere 211,000, the story says.

"These numbers are pretty shocking, given how much marketing muscle Oxygen put behind the launch," Adalian writes, noting that talk has been circulating about a "Glee" backlash.

While the Fox hit has its detractors, the Oxygen show may have been hampered by its scheduling opposite the Tony Awards, which many "Glee" fans probably watched, as well as the high-rated Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the story notes.

Another issue may be that "Glee" has lost some traction in the ratings and in buzz since the reality spinoff was first ordered by Oxygen last summer.


  1. I watched the show and it is awful. I can not believe that these 12 were the best picks. Some of them can not sing at all. The show is a train wreck and a half.
    I am sure the ratings will go down further it is that bad.

  2. Proof that not everything needs to have a reality element to it. Just cast the right talent for the show. Simple as that.

  3. These cable shows need to ahve better marketing plans. They need to understand online marketing better. There are too many options out there for everyone and you must make a lot of noise in a lot of places for people to even know you exist.

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