Two high-profile shows have lost more of their audience this season than any other shows among the ratings leaders, reports TheWrap.com.
One of them — the higher-rated of the two — is Fox’s "Glee," which has lost nearly one-quarter of its audience, the story notes.
"Is it burning out, like so many series shows that become near-instant cultural phenomena? Or just finding its real audience after years of hype?" the story asks.
The show has cut down on gimmicks and special guests during its third season, making it unclear whether that’s the reason its viewership is down or whether fans are just giving up on the show, the piece notes.
"Glee" has declined 23.9% in the 18 to 49 age group, making it the 10th-biggest ratings loser this fall, the story says.
Other than “Glee,” the highest-rated show among the ratings losers is ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” which is down 27.5% in viewers 18-49. It’s No. 7 on the biggest losers list — ahead of “Glee” at No. 10 — but its rating in the 18-49 demo is 2.9, below “Glee’s” 3.5.
Most of the shows on the list of the top 10 biggest losers either are on The CW or have been moved to Friday nights. NBC’s "Chuck," for instance, is this season’s biggest loser, with a decline of 55% among the 18 to 49 age group. But it airs on Friday nights and is in its last season, and overall draws a much smaller audience than "Glee" or "Desperate Housewives."
The No. 2 loser overall is The CW’s "America’s Top Model," which has lost 39% of its 18-49 audience, while the third-biggest loser is Fox’s "Fringe," another Friday night show, which moved from Thursday nights last year and has shed 37% of its young viewers, the story says.