[UPDATED: Previous version was difficult to read]
[ERRATA: Blocks: should read E* (5*), F (6) and Q* (4*)]
Time for a new edition of “Andrew graphs Glee’s ratings” !!!!
This time around, I’ve grouped the ratings according to “broadcast blocks”, which are basically subdivisions of a season. This gives a better picture of the overall trends, I think, rather than the 5-point moving averages I was using before.
- Yellow - maximum viewership in block
- Blue - average viewership in block
- Red/orange - minimum viewership in block
And a broad explanation of block/season equivalences:
- Season 1 - 0, A, B, C
- Season 2 - D, E, F
- Season 3 - G, H, I, J
- Season 4 - K, L, M, N, O
- Season 5 - P, Q*, (R)
For full methodology and explanatory notes, see under the cut.
I used to do this (tracking their ratings on graph) for a very brief period of time… and this is showing what we’ve always known, that Glee’s most watched season was actually the second one…before it became clear how problematic AND poorly written it would be and when it was still very much an ensemble. Once season 3 started, it decreased back to a number similar to who was watching in season 1…. and has been declining ever since then.
I contacted the OP with a few questions about it, but it looks like he’s plotting the average number of viewers per block (keep in mind a block is several episodes). Now, to be fair, it probably makes more sense to plot the demo rating… but i think it would show the same thing when it comes to Glee (unlike, say, Grey’s Anatomy which has seen a decline in the number of millions, but not so much in the demo rating).
UPDATE: the demo ratings proved too difficult to find. Also the three lines aren’t all averages based on three different sources (i was thinking yellow is the average of the highest ratings provided for the episode, the blue is the average of the typical ratings, and the red is the average of the lowest ratings). It’s actually three different values from the same data node.
it’s not three different sources, but three values from one source.
Yellow is the max of the block. Blue is the average of block. Red is the minimum of the block. So you actually see a bit of the spread just from looking at the difference there.