How Many Laughs Did The Office Mine From Its Glee Viewing Party?

It sounded like a brilliant, made-for-sweeps idea: The Office's Dunder Mifflin gang would get together to watch an episode of Glee. Producers were so pumped by the comedic potential of their plan that even though their bosses at NBC weren't thrilled about promoting another network's hit, they went ahead with it anyway.

"It's not just a popular show, but a phenomenon," Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein told Zap2it last month. "We watch a lot of TV; we watch Glee. We like it. ... I don't know. Someone said the words 'Glee viewing party' and it just made us laugh so hard that we had to do it."

The set-up was simple: In her efforts to unite Gabe with the rest of the office — and in particular, the resistant Michael — Erin organizes a Glee viewing party to be hosted by Gabe at his place.

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