There was a certain degree of Glee to be found in the numbers for the Fox dramedy’s Season 4 premiere, which also marked its Thursday time slot debut.
With 8.1 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating, Glee was, yes, down 12 and 17 percent from its Season 3 opener, which aired on a Tuesday. But versus that season’s finale, the show rose 8 and 14 percent.
Plus, with regards to the brand-new time slot, Glee‘s demo rating matched what Bones‘ Season 7 premiere did leading out of X Factor last fall. And Glee built on its X Factor lead-in.
Speaking of X Factor, Part 2 of its two-night Season 2 premiere drew 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, dipping just 4 and 9 percent from Wednesday’s opening night.
The two-hour America’s Got Talent season finale (10.5 million viewers, 2.4 rating) trailed Fox’s programming in the demo but easily won the night in total audience (and bested X Factor and Glee in head-to-head competition). That said, it was AGT‘s lowest-rated finale ever.
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