When the series was not featured on the Fox fall schedule for the first time at the upfronts, then-Fox chairman Kevin Reilly hinted that the season could be trimmed and that Fox executives and co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy would sit down to discuss the possibility.
In April it was reported that "Glee" hit a ratings low in its fifth season and cut two episodes from its schedule. The musical series had fallen below 3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and the fifth season was averaging 4.2 million viewers. The first season averaged 11 million viewers and a 4.9 rating.
According to Deadline, the show is facing a major creative reboot in its final season and moving to a new location. Murphy said in April that the final season "dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back."