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'Glee' and Gwyneth Paltrow equal great ratings (If only 'V' could stunt cast like that, too)

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Image Credit: Michael Yarish/FoxThanks again, Gwynnie! Last night’s original episode of Glee, which featured the return of Gwyneth Paltrow, was the highest-rated program of the night among adults 18-49, teens and adults 18-34, according to early estimates. The episode earned a 4.6 rating/14 share in the key demo – up 5% from its most recent telecast on Feb. 22 — and averaged 12 million. In fact, last night’s episode drew its largest audience since week two of the season (excluding the post-Super Bowl telecast).

Fox, which was bolstered by the fact that ABC and CBS aired mostly reruns, finished No. 1 for the night in 18-49 (3.4/10) and in other key demos like 18-34 and teens. And fortunately, Glee’s strength more than made up for Traffic Light, Fox’s new comedy which posted a mere 1.5/4 at 9:30 p.m. and only averaged 3.8 million. Raising Hope at 9 earned a 2.8/8 and 6.8 million viewers.

A repeat of NCIS was the most-watched show of the night with 13.4 million viewers. Other notable (or not-so notable) performances: an original episode of V only pulled a 1.7/5 and 4.9 million viewers, and The Biggest Loser did a 2.9/8 and 8 million.