"Glee" lost an awful lot of viewers this season compared to its very strong second season. And now Fox is looking to bring some of them back by giving it the singing lead-in it deserves.
As promised during upfronts, Fox is moving "Glee" from Tuesdays to Thursdays, where it will first be the lead-out for "The X Factor," and then later for "American Idol." How that will work is a bit of a mixed blessing for "Glee," as "X Factor" fell well below expectations and "American Idol" finished this past season down 21 percent in terms of audience.
Yet, these two shows are the top two shows on Fox's schedule. The 10.1 rating/16 share average in Fast National overnight averages from The Nielsen Co. was No. 3 overall behind "NCIS" on CBS and "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC, while "X Factor" finished just inside the top 25 overall with a 6.3/10.
"Glee," however, had a tough year. It averaged a 4.4/7, tying it with "House," and barely making it inside the top 50. Its audience loss was one of the biggest in network television this past season, with just under 34 percent of its viewers taking off to do other things. Its lead-in this season, however, consisted of nothing, since it was in the 8 p.m. slot, leading out to the new comedy "New Girl," which averaged a 3.9/6.
Also making a big move is the new Kiefer Sutherland series "Touch," which will migrate from Thursdays to Fridays, and serve as a lead-in to the final season of "Fringe." Expect a big ratings loss for "Touch" that night considering Fox is averaging a 2.1/4 on Fridays compared to 6.7/11 on Thursdays.
"Touch" finished this season with a 4.7/7, tying it with the now-cancelled "Terra Nova," and good for No. 4 on Fox and No. 46 overall. However, "Touch" started to slip a little in April, but then took a huge dive in May where it averaged a 3.7 household rating. That wasn't helped by it season finale, which came after the renewal announcement, that had the show finish with a 3.0/5.
However, in "Touch's" defense, the finale did air at the end of May, when nearly all other fall and spring television shows had ended their season, and viewers were off doing other things.
"Glee's" new season will begin Sept. 13 right after the premiere of "X Factor," while "Touch" will return Oct. 26.
"The Mob Doctor," the new series starring Jordana Spiro, premieres Sept. 17 as a lead-out from "Bones" on Mondays. "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" will take on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25, wrapped around a couple new episodes of "New Girl."
Most of Fox's animation block will premiere Sept. 30, except for "The Cleveland Show," which gets its premiere Oct. 7.
"Fringe" returns Sept. 28 and "Raising Hope" comes back Oct. 2.
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