A bad week for Zooey Deschanel: New Girl ratings plummet

Nov 2, 2011 at 3:07 p.m. ET

The Fox comedy New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, has hit a rough patch. Following the network's World Series coverage, the show returned on Tuesday night to a little less fanfare.

Zooey Deschanel in New GirlZooey Deschanel can't catch a break. The actress and indie film darling is having a really rough week. Yesterday, it was announced that she and her husband, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard have called it quits, and now the overnight ratings for her comedy New Girl have also taken a hit.

After being overrun with baseball, the Fox line-up returned to its regularly scheduled programming this week. On Tuesday, they aired new episodes of Glee, New Girl and Raising Hope, which all suffered a dip in the ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glee drew over 7 million viewers, but suffered a 19 percent decline from its previous new episode. This week's airing was the musical's lowest-rated to date.

Deschanel's New Girl also experienced a 19 percent dive with almost 8 million viewers, followed by Raising Hope's 5 million, which was down 14 percent. Despite the ratings decline across the board, Fox remains optimistic about their comedy line-up. They claim it's completely "normal" for shows to post lower numbers after a baseball-induced hiatus.

Even though New Girl took a hit in overall viewers, it managed to hold onto the key 18-49 and 18-34 age bracket demos for its time slot. When the show first premiered in September, it pulled in one of the strongest debuts for Fox in over a decade. It was watched by 10 million viewers and outperformed its Glee lead-in. Perhaps fans have decided to focus more on creator Ryan Murphy's other show, American Horror Story?

Did you tune in to Fox's Tuesday night line-up?

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