‘Glee’ makes promising start in U.K.

Show attracts 1.3 million to digital web E4

LONDON — U.S. musical comedy “Glee” looks on course to be a strong performer in the U.K. following its debut on digital web E4 on Monday.

Show, recently renewed for a second series by the Fox network, achieved the highest rating for an acquired program on E4 since an episode of heavy hitter “Lost” in August 2005.

Glee” was watched by 1.3 million viewers — a 4.8% share — and looks destined to be a cult hit with the teen audience.

E4, one of Channel 4’s digital offspring, has a lengthy history of breaking new U.S shows in the U.K.

In Blighty, critics have rushed to praise “Glee.” The Independent’s Brian Viner described it as ” ‘High School Musical’ on steroids.”

Viner wrote, “I know we only get the best of American TV over here, but even so, most of the invention and originality currently seems to be travelling across the Atlantic from west to east.”

Across the Atlantic, “Glee” has generated awards buzz, achieving four Golden Globe nominations, including TV series: musical or comedy, and a Writers Guild of America nomination for comedy series and new series.

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