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Ratings for season debuts of 'Glee,' 'Dancing' down

"Glee" -- so over?

Fox's formerly red-hot series lost about one-third of its audience in its season debut compared with last year's.

Only about 9.2 million people checked out the episode -- compared with nearly 13 million who tuned in last fall to see the season's first episode ASAP so they could tweet, blog and otherwise hyperventilate as it was airing.

Apparently "Glee's" once-rabid fans aren't impressed with creator Ryan Murphy's promise that this season the show will get back to its roots, forgoing celebrity guest stars. This will also be the last chance to bask in graduating high schoolers Rachel, Finn and Kurt. Cast member Jane Lynch's Emmy-hosting gig Sunday doesn't seem to have done anything for the show, either.

Meanwhile, casting is everything over on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," where the season debut was down.

About 19 million people watched Monday's season premiere. About 14.8 million hung around for Tuesday's first results show. One year earlier, the Monday show bagged more than 21 million, and the result night logged nearly 19 million.

"Dancing" -- in which celebrity competitors survive or get the hook each week based on a combination of judges' scores and viewer votes -- is very much dependent on which celebrities the producers can cast, as well as the voting blocs those celebs bring with them. Last fall, of course, the big "get" was Bristol Palin. This year's most buzzed-about competitor is Chaz Bono.

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