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Glee Sees Ratings Boost After School Violence Episode

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Whether you loved it or hated it, Glee's "Shooting Star" episode has definitely made an impact.

The Fox hit's polarizing April 11 installment, which featured a shooting at McKinley High, saw a 20 percent ratings increase from the last original episode, which aired three weeks ago, bringing in 6.8 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in  the adults 18-40 demo. (Glee lead-in American Idol also saw a ratings boost with Thursday's results show, which found the final male contestant Lazaro Arbos getting the boot, attracting 12.7 million viewers and a 3.1 rating.)

NEWS: Read our recap of the intense episode

In the episode, Sue (Jane Lynch) was fired after saying the gun was hers and had gone off accidentally when she was cleaning it. However, we learn Sue was actually protecting Becky (Lauren Potter), a special-needs student, who inadvertently fired the gun she had brought to school.

Hundreds of readers left comments on our recap of the episode, showcasing a wide range of reactions to "Shooting Star." In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., just four months ago, reader Allie questioned the plot development's timing: "It's never the time to do a school shooting episode, but it's ESPECIALLY not appropriate now."

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Other viewers had a positive response to the episode. Rachel writes, "I really liked it. I was afraid when they mentioned they would be doing a shooting on the show I think they did it with complete respect for the citizens of Newtown. There was no right time when it would not be considered offensive. The acting was fantastic."

What did you think of Glee's "Shooting Star"? Sound off in the comments!

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