Amid a ratings decline, Fox has trimmed its episode order for a series that has been a staple on the network. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the broadcast network trimmed the order for the long-running musical drama “Glee” to 20 episodes, down from 22.
The story notes that the order reduction is the result of a production hiatus at the beginning of the season. But it also notes that the drama recently dropped below 3 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Last week's airing Tuesday night drew just 2.61 million total viewers and equaled its series low with a 0.9 average in 18-49.
“‘Glee’ has trended down the past few seasons, but the slide during season five, its first since the July death of star Cory Monteith, has been more precipitous. The show jumps 54 percent to 6.5 million viewers and 63 percent in the demo to a 2.6 when factoring in DVR, but that's a far cry from season one's 11 million viewers and 4.9 rating,” the story notes.
The article adds, “Fox might film the two cut episodes early to better promote what could be a supersized 24-episode sixth and final run.”