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Glee no longer free

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Written by : published Friday 17th June 2011

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Its been a bad week for TV lovers out there that don’t subscribe to Sky, as the digital broadcaster announced two high profile acquisitions.  Sky now has the rights to all future series of Glee along with the rights to the next series of Nurse Jackie. Nurse Jackie will now be shown on Sky Atlantic from July and from the autumn, Glee’s new home will be on Sky1.

E4’s loss of Glee will be a giant blow to the channels schedule as it was by far their most popular programme with ratings of 2.5 million. On its US network, Fox, it averages about 10 million viewers. But as well as being a traditional ratings hit, Glee has also proved a musical and merchandising phenomenon, helping rewrite the rule book on how to make money from a TV show along the way.

Over the past two years Glee’s popularity has grown immensely since they belted out Don’t Stop Believen’ in the first episode;  the Glee cast’s renditions have been downloaded more than 21 million across the globe. The show also boasts more entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart than the king himself, Elvis Presley with 113 entries.

Earlier this year to coincide with the launch of Sky Atlantic, Sky revealed they had picked up the critically acclaimed Mad Men. Mad Men had previously been broadcast by the BBC.


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I'm Andrew Alex-Raymond and I'm currently studying Journalism and Media at Huddersfield University...Oh, and I love TV

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