Chord Overstreet's Return Didn't Help 'Glee' Ratings

Chord Overstreet's Return Didn't Help 'Glee' Ratings Right now, "Glee" looks a little bit like a strong football team that suffers some first-half setbacks, but whose fans believe in can re-group and dominate the next half of the game.

It was probably great news to "Gleeks" everywhere to see Chord Overstreet's Sam Evans back with McKinley High's New Directions in time for the sectionals square-off with the Trouble Tones.

Unfortunately, the ratings - if looked at out of perspective - would suggest it merely drove the crowd mild. The show hit the lowest point so far in its third season, pulling 7.1 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among the 18-49 demographic.

Though Entertainment Weekly explains that that many shows fall off right around December as the holiday season hits full-swing, that still must be discouraging.

The show has been riding a wave, with an Adele mash-up featuring Naya Rivera and Amber Riley and a Rivera-led "I Kissed A Girl" bringing an energy back to "Glee" that had been missing since the first quarter-season had been dominated by "West Side Story" selections. Plus, it's been confirmed that Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin will be joining the cast as, respectively, Santana's mother and a handsome new Spanish teacher on a January Spanglish-themed episode.

Plus - y'know, there's the possibility of Chewbacca.

If it's any further consolation, the popular new Zooey Deschanel comedy "New Girl" also fell six percent to 6.8 million viewers and a 3.4 rating, but was still FOX's top-rated show for that night. "Raising Hope" fell eight percent to 4.6 million viewers and a 2.2 rating. Despite those three shows slipping a tad, FOX still won Tuesday night.

Though it drew more viewers (7.3 million), NBC's "A Michael Buble Christmas" drew a mere 1.5 rating. According to EW, the most watched show overall of the night was actually an "NCIS" repeat on CBS, which aired during the 8 PM ET/PT "Glee" hour.

Surprisingly, ABC's "Last Man Standing" was one of few shows to actually hit an increase. It jumped eight percent to 8.7 million viewers and a 2.6.