Fox’s Glee returned Tuesday night after six weeks off the air, and brought along White Collar’s Matt Bomer to add some guest-star charm.
Though Glee (6.7 million viewers, 2.7 adults 18-49 rating) boosted the 8 p.m. hour compared to Fox’s sitcoms in recent weeks, the musical drama fell to a season low in the adult demo, dropping 10 percent from its last original back in February. Fox points out that overall TV viewership was down 9 percent in the hour compared to when Glee last aired, before Daylight Savings Time kicked in.
At least Glee came in second place in the hour and helped jump start Fox’s New Girl (5.3 million, 2.7), which climbed 17 percent this week, along with Raising Hope (3.9 million, 1.9).
NBC managed to squeak out a victory for the evening despite rivals firing all their cannons. In fact, while Bomer didn’t boost Glee, Michelle Obama might have helped Biggest Loser (6.7 million, 2.2) – the weight-loss reality show was up 10 percent with the First Lady as guest star even though it faced tougher competition from Fox this week.
Biggest Loser’s rise helped The Voice (8.9 million, 3.5), which reversed a weeks-long downward trend to perk up a little and top 9 p.m. Then Fashion Star (4.6 million, 1.8) had a big 20 percent jump at 10 p.m., tying for second place in the hour.
Also Tuesday, some grim slippage: NCIS (3.1), NCIS: LA (2.3) and Unforgettable (1.8) all fell to season lows. ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.7) hit a season low and Cougar Town (1.5) slipped. The Dancing (2.3) results show was a series low. Body of Proof (1.9) finale fell 5 percent – probably will not return in the fall, unless ABC’s drama pilots come in weak. The CW’s Ringer (0.5) was Ringer.