Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘Simpsons’ ties season low, top for Fox and in scripted shows

“Pssh! Who cares about ratings? We’re gonna be churning out new episodes for another two and a half years!”.

After a week off, The Simpsons returned slightly down, but definitely showed the least damage on FOX’s schedule.

There Will Be Buds” scored a 1.4 rating/share (or 1.384 in the unroundeds) in 18-49s, tying with the season premiere. The episode hit a season low with 3.143 million viewers (down from 3.167m in the preliminaries), and was the only show on FOX over the 3m barrier. The episode tied for the top scripted show of the night (with NCIS: Los Angeles), and also had a 5% share of the audience. Furthermore, Simpsons was more popular among the 25-54s, with a 1.5% share in that audience.

Sunday’s lacrosse-themed episode recorded another decline, however, with it being marginally down from equivalent episode last year, “Friend with Benefit“, which garnered a 1.5 rating and 3.597 million, yet Sunday’s episode was higher than “Benefit”‘s 4% audience share.

Elsewhere on FOX, Son of Zorn paid a visit to fractional town it looks like it may not return from, recording a 0.911/3 rating, yet staying the right side of the 2m barrier, with 2.081m. Family Guy was second for FOX’s night, with a 1.246/4 rating and hitting 2.6m viewers on the dot. Bob’s Burgers hit the ground hard, dropping four tenths from its last outing (which may have had local football as a lead-in to help) to 1.033/3 and declined a fair bit in viewers too with 2.422m.

Top show on broadcast TV of the night was, inevitably, football, on NBC, which averaged 6.6/20 and 18.325 million from 8:30pm-11:45pm. Against Simpsons, there was in the region of 26-29 million tuned into the other three main networks.

Next week, a visit to Cuba sees football before it, so expect the show to zoom into the 2s and 5/6 million viewers again.

UPDATED 29th December 2016 to include previously excluded unrounded final numbers.

RIP Simpsons Guest Star Janet Reno

Former US Attorney General Janet Reno died today, aged 78, following complications from Parkinson’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in 1995.

Reno guest starred as herself, alongside her sister Maggy Reno Hurchalla, in the season 24 episode “Dark Knight Court“. Due to the difficulty in speaking longer sentences due to Parkinson’s, Janet’s sister helped out with recording some lines. They donated the money they made for the role to Innocence Project.

Reno served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001, under president Bill Clinton. She was the first woman to serve in the Attorney General role and was the second longest serving Attorney General.

Season 28 News: Promotional Images for “Havana Wild Weekend” and “Dad Behavior” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 7th and 8th episodes of season 28, titled “Havana Wild Weekend” and “Dad Behavior“, have been released by FOX. The episodes air on November 13, 2016 and November 20, 2016; respectively. After these, there’ll be a week pause, before “The Last Traction Hero“, December 4th, and “The Nightmare After Krustmas“, December 11th, will air.

Stay tuned for more!

Promotional Images

Havana Wild Weekend

Dad Behavior

‘The Simpsons’ renewed for Season 29 and 30!

The show has been renewed by Fox for Season 29 and 30! It will bring the show up to 669 episodes, the highest for any primetime scripted TV show, breaking Gunsmoke‘s 635.

“Take that ‘Gunsmoke!’  You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!,” said Homer.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox says: “This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series. The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of SIMPSONS fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”

The show is averaging 7.2 million viewers across all platforms. The 600th episode registered its largest rating (3.6/11 Live + 7) and seven-day multi-platform audience (9.9 million viewers) since January, plus 1.3 million viewers on Hulu and FOXNOW, the highest in more than three years.

In an interview with CNN, Al Jean, executive producer and showrunner, says: “To be honest, just from the beginning, we’ve always been trying to do the best episode possible 669 times in a row.

Al also answers how long the show will go on stating “I think our new motto is ‘on to sixty”.

Sources: FoxflashCNN MoneyTVLine

Season 28 News: The Last Traction Hero scheduled air date revealed!

The scheduled Air Date for the upcoming episode, “The Last Traction Hero“, has been revealed. The episode is scheduled to air December 4, 2016. Please note this air date can change any time. Be sure to tune in for any update.

Another big news has been reported and is next!