Elsewhere, despite “Glee” producers’ best efforts, Tuesday’s Valentine-turned-Houston-tribute episode failed to attract the millions of mourners who on Sunday flocked to CBS’s trophy-show-turned-Houston-tribute broadcast of the Grammy Awards.
The “Glee” episode was completed before Houston’s death Saturday but just happened to include Amber Riley (portraying Mercedes) singing the Houston anthem “I Will Always Love You.”
After Houston died in Beverly Hills at age 48, “Glee” producers announced that they would dedicate the episode to her. They added a dedication card at the end of the episode telling the Grammy-winning singer that they would always love her.
The episode wound up clocking not quite a million fewer viewers than did the previous week’s “Glee.”
Apparently Valentine’s Day is not when lovers want to focus on deceased pop stars. Nor is it a great night for networks in general, as Fox noted when it mentioned that TV usage from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday was down more than 7 percent compared with the previous Tuesday.
That’s because lovers have much better things to do on Valentine’s Day than watch even a lovey-dovey episode of “Glee,” in which Mercedes bravely decides to go it alone rather than choose between current boyfriend Shane and ex-boyfriend Sam.
Better things to do, like watching procedural crime dramas on CBS. “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Unforgettable” each posted week-to-week gains among the golden group of 18-to-49-year-old viewers the TV networks court — not just on Valentine’s Day, but every single day of the year.
Bachmann’s PR tango
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said that she, too, has decided not to participate in the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
“In full disclosure, I did win a polka-dancing competition when I was in the 10th grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minnesota,” Bachmann said in a statement Wednesday to ABC News — ABC being home of “Dancing With the Stars.”
“But despite my 10th-grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ” she said.
Her announcement comes one day after a rep for Herman Cain said the former GOP presidential hopeful would not participate in the dance series because “he can’t dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count” — as in his 9-9-9 plan.
In Bachmann’s case, she turned down “Dancing With the Stars” before the show even asked her to participate. An aide explained that she wanted to release a statement to quash all the buzz that she was under consideration.