The evening before turkey day is typically low-rated, and networks eschew airing first-run programming as a result. FOX forged ahead with an original episode of "Glee," however, and the Nov. 25 airing garnered only 6.08 million viewers (down 17% from the previous week) and a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 adult demographic (down 22%), according to TVByTheNumbers.com.
Given the popularity of "Glee" among the DVR set, the overnight numbers are likely a temporary setback as Gleeks catch up on the episode via DVR, iTunes, and Hulu in coming days.
For its time slot, "Glee" ranked third in the 18-49 demo, coming behind "Criminal Minds" and a special "The Biggest Lower: Where Are They Now?"
The Nov. 25 episode of FOX's music-filled show starring Broadway's Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele featured performances of the songs "Bootylicious," "You're the One That I Want," "Papa Don't Preach," "Crazy in Love/Hair," "Imagine" and "True Colors."
Next week's show, airing Dec. 2, is titled "Mattress" and will include the songs "Jump" and "Smile."