Glee is airing after the Super Bowl -- will you watch it?
What? How is this related to the Super Bowl? The Super Bowl isn't just about the game for many people; it is also about the week's events leading up to the big game, the long pregrame show, the extended halftime musical performances, and then the Super Bowl lead-out programs.
To say that most of the television audience tunes out immediately after the Super Bowl would be a mistake. While there is usually a significant dropoff in viewers percentage wise, the number of viewers that stay tuned in often make that program the highest-rated television show of the season. It is a great way for networks to promote one of their shows.
Over the past decade, reality shows have done very well as the lead-out program:
- 2001: Survivor: The Australian Outback (CBS, 45.369 million)
- 2004: Survivor: All Stars (CBS, 33.535 million)
- 2010: Undercover Boss (CBS, 38.600 million)
Medical shows and dramas have had mixed results, with the medical shows faring better:
- 2003: Alias (ABC, 17.362 million) - tankjob
- 2006: Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 37.881 million)
- 2007: Criminal Minds (CBS, 26.314 million)
- 2008: House (FOX, 29.045 million)
And then you have the comedy shows, which haven't been necessarily bad, but seem to draw lower numbers:
- 2002: Malcolm in the Middle (FOX, 21.445 million)
- 2005: The Simpsons/American Dad (FOX, 23.074 million)
- 2009: The Office (NBC, 22.905 million)
Where does Glee fall compared to some of those shows? It is tough to tell. Outside of the show, Glee has had a ridiculous amount of promotion, such as CD's, tours, fansites, etc. The show also draws more users on a regular basis than any of the three comedies listed above. The show is not just a comedy either -- it incorporates more drama than your typical comedy, and its musical numbers are still the heart and soul of the show. The fact that it is promoting a performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" might draw in more users too.
Whether or not you are a fan of the show isn't the question here. Plain and simple, will you be tuning in to Glee this Sunday after the Super Bowl?
Will you be tuning in to Glee this Sunday after the Super Bowl?
Yes (53 votes)
No (231 votes)
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