US ratings: NFL carries ‘Simpsons’ to season high once again

“Now that are ratings are up, is sexy times back on the menu? Or am I going to have to resort to eating cold chicken legs out the fridge again?”

You gotta thank the NFL, FOX – it just lifted your longest-running animated comedy, your two other animated comedies, and a live action comedy about no longer being the last man on Earth to season highs (and in the latter’s case, a two-year high!).

Sunday’s episode scored a 3.3/11 rating and attracted 8.042 million viewers, with 53% of that audience in the key 18-49 demo (approx. 4.26m).

That’s the show’s highest ratings since last January 8th when “Pork and Burns” pulled in 3.5/10 and 8.19m, and up on the last episode (2.8/9 and 6.945m) and up on the equivalent episode last season/year (2.8/8 and 6.901m). However, its 11% share is the show’s highest share since “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner“‘s 13% share in January 2015 – three seasons ago!

This season is averaging so far 1.9/6 and 4.6m.
Last season was averaging 2.2/7 and 5.25m by this point.

“The Simpsons”‘ high ratings may have also been down to the low opposition on Sunday – just an approximate 15m viewers watching the other three main networks, about 10m down on usual.

Outside of sports, “The Simpsons” was the highest-rated show of the night (in the 18-49 demo), and the second-most-watched (in viewership) of the night – across all US TV. As well as this, it collected the title of being the highest-rated (in the 18-49 demo) show of the week on US TV, outside of sports.

See you again sometime in March after the show’s award-season-and-Olympics-avoiding spring break – and as we begin our journey into depths of ratings carnage that is deep spring.

N.B. This post is a day later than anticipated, due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday delaying final ratings.

Sources: TVBytheNumbers, SpottedRatings, ShowBuzzDaily

Season 30 News: A special guest for “Krusty the Clown” has been announced

A Special Guest for the upcoming season 30 episode, titled “Krusty the Clown“, has been released by FOX. The episode will air sometime this year.

The episode will probably air during the 30th broadcast season (2018/19 TV season).

Stay tuned for more new episode titles!

Don’t forget to visit our page on Season 30, as we always try to keep it up-to-date!

US ratings: ‘Simpsons’ propelled to season high – against Golden Globes

More love at first sight for Lisa – nevertheless, it may have helped the ratings, her love interest in reality being a world-famous musician…

FOX doesn’t always make the best decisions with scheduling, especially when they know ‘The Simpsons’ is at a point where pitting it against the highly-watched awards shows will cause its ratings to be even weaker than usual. However, on Sunday, they redeemed themselves – they put the show against the Golden Globes, put with a high football lead-in, managed to eke out its highest audience since… last year, when it aired with a football lead-in against the Golden Globes.

Ed Sheeran’s guest spot may have also helped Sunday’s episode, which scored a 2.8/9 rating and attracted 6.945 million viewers, with 52% of that audience in the key 18-49 demo (approx. 3.61m).

Sunday’s episode was the highest-rated since the equivalent episode last season, also airing against the Golden Globes, but was higher, at 3.5/10 and 8.19m (this episode was ranked 89th in the programs with the highest demo ratings on US TV last year). In the demo rating, Sunday’s episode matched that of the episode the following Sunday last year – both pulling in 2.8. Sunday’s episode was up on the the last episode (especially with the football lead-in being higher) – which also aired with a football lead-in, and pulled in 2.3/8 and 6.063m.

This season has averaged 1.8/6 and 4.236 million viewers so far. By this point last season, it was averaging 2.1/7 and 5.1 million viewers.

Opposition during “The Simpsons”‘ timeslot was around 27-30 million viewers, the Golden Globes potentially dampening how high in viewership Sunday’s episode could have gone.

In catch-up news, “Gone Boy”, the last new episode to air before Christmas, appended 0.2 after three days to a 2.5 rating, ranking ninth in the most-watched shows on broadcast TV that week.

I’ll be back next Tuesday to see if how this week’s episode benefits from having a football lead-in but not airing against big competition.

Sources: TVBytheNumbers, SpottedRatings, ShowBuzzDaily

Season 29 News: A Behind the Scenes for “Haw-Haw Land” has been released!

A Behind the Scene for the upcoming 10th episode of season 29, titled “Haw-Haw Land“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs tonight.

Stay tuned for more!

Behind the Scenes