/// Cory Monteith Tribute Lifts Glee, NBC Comedies Sink

October 11, 2013  |  Media Week

A heartfelt tribute to the late Cory Monteith (Finn) helped rally legions of Gleeks, giving the Fox musical drama its highest rating in over a year. “The Quarterback,” an elegy co-written by Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, delivered 7.41 million viewers and a 2.8 in the adults 18-49 demo, improving upon last week’s rating (1.6) by 75 percent. The last time Glee put up bigger numbers was on Sept. 20, 2012, when the show delivered 7.46 million viewers and a 2.9 in the demo. Thursday night’s episode is the last before Glee heads off on its annual month-long hiatus. Episode 4 is slated to air on Nov. 7. If the emotional hour left fans scrambling for the Kleenex, the tears really started falling this morning when the overnights came in at NBC. After bowing to inauspicious ratings , newcomers Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show suffered staggering losses. Per Nielsen fast national data, Welcome to the Family dropped 27 percent to a 0.8 in the dollar demo, while Sean fell 29 percent to a 1.0. While both shows are in danger of cancelation, the Sony-produced Family will probably be the first to go. (Sean is produced in-house by Universal Television.) At 9:30 p.m., The Michael J. Fox Show fell another 29 percent to a 1.2 rating—a full 43 percent below its Sept. 26 time slot premiere. All told, the two-hour comedy block averaged a 1.1 in the demo, off the year-ago pace by one-half of a ratings point, or 31 percent. Whether it fills the 8:30 or 9 p.m. gap, look for Dan Harmon’s Community to rejoin the Thursday night fold before the leaves turn. ABC this morning was also the recipient of bad news, as its freshman genre exercise

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