Twentieth Television has signed the network’s O&Os for the hit show when it makes its weekend broadcast syndication debut in fall 2013.
Last night’s post-Super Bowl Glee was a thriller for the show’s devoted fans, though it proved less of a draw than last year’s post-Super Bowl Undercover Boss debut on CBS. Glee averaged 26.8 million total viewers and an 11.1 adults 18-49 rating from 10:39 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Fox, according to Nielsen time-zone adjusted fast nationals, which are more accurate than regular overnights. The show scored series highs in both demos and more than doubled its season average.
Among the TV awards, Fox’s Glee was the most popular kid in class, winning for best comedy series and ensuring supporting acting statuettes for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire took best drama and its star Steve Buscemi won best actor in a drama.
House M.D. was fans’ favorite television drama, and stars Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein were the favorite actor and actress in the drama category. Glee was voted top TV comedy, and star Jane Lynch was the favorite comedy actress.
The Fox hit Glee has the opportunity to repeat as best series. In fact, all the TV series and actors who picked up trophies at the Golden Globes ceremony last winter have a chance to do so again in a largely predictable set of nominations announced today.
Despite all the talk about second-year comedies Glee and Modern Family, the season’s No. 1 and No. 2 new shows, the majority of the top programs on broadcast this season remain veterans — and very old veterans at that. Out of the top 15 shows, only two, Glee and Family, have been on the air fewer than four seasons. Nine are in at least their sixth season.