Monthly Archives: May 2017

Season 29 News: Airdate of Season 29 premiere revealed!

Al Jean has revealed the airdate of the Season 29 premiere. It will premiere on October 1, 2017.

Fun Fact: Season 29 will be the first season since Season 16 to not start in September (S16 started in November 2004). And the first since Season 8 to start in October.

Stay tuned for more!

Season 29 News: A new episode title has been revealed!

The title of the sixth episode of the 29th production season (XABF06) has been revealed. It is titled “3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage“! It is written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross.

The episode will air during the 29th broadcast season (2017/18 TV season).

Stay tuned for more new titles!

Don’t forget to visit our pages on Season 28 and Season 29, as we always try to keep them up-to-date!

‘Simpsons’ stable as it ties for most-watched scripted show among 18-49s

“Marge, so what if we had to tie with three other shows? Why couldn’t you just be happy with not being fractional?”

Last Sunday’s episode, which saw Burns attempt to break up Marge and Homer, recorded a 1.0/4 rating, with an overall viewership of 2.344m. The 18-49 rating is the same as the previous episode’s, but Sunday’s episode was up in viewership from the last episode’s 2.302m – it’s strange to see audiences go up considering they usually decrease as we go into summer and the extreme back end of the season. The episode had a 55% 18-49 skew, just behind “Bob’s Burgers”‘ 57%.

With one episode to go, the current season average is 1.76, 4.108 million viewers and 5.7% audience share. By the same point last season, the average was slightly higher at 1.77 and slightly lower at 4.068 million viewers and 5.3% audience share.

The episode – plus “Bob’s Burgers” – were the only shows on FOX’s lineup with an audience of above two million, as “Family Guy” took the night off. As aforementioned, Sunday’s episode tied in rounded ratings with three other shows – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Chicago Justice”, the latter two being scripted.

The audience during “The Simpsons”‘ broadcast on the other broadcast networks was 20 million, lower than usual – which doesn’t explain why Sunday’s episode was up in overall viewership.

I’m back on May 23rd for analysis of the ratings for the last episode of the season. Bye for now!

Sources: TVBytheNumbers, SpottedRatings, ShowBuzzDaily, TVSeriesFinale

Season 29 News: Shaquille O’Neal to Guest Star in Season 29

Former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is to guest star in an a season 29 episode of The Simpsons.

The episode, which will air sometime in late 2017 or early 2018, will see Homer go to Shaq to ask him for help. O’Neal has also appeared as an unvoiced character in season 22‘s “Love Is a Many-Strangled Thing“.

Season 29 is set to air in Fall 2017 and will also see Rachel Bloom and Norman Lear guest starring.


‘Simpsons’ ratings higher after break, but ‘Family Guy’ lead widens

“Don’t be worried, Lisa. We may be rating less than Peter Griffin, but at least I’m smarter. Hang on, how do you spell that again? With the ‘a’ or without?”

Thankfully for FOX, both animated veterans “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” returned after some time away up on their poor numbers on their last run around. While it’s relieving to see “The Simpsons” out of fractional land, it’s a bit concerning to see “Family Guy” have a wider-than-usual gap over it.

“The Simpsons” drew a (still fractional!) 0.97 rating last Sunday night, with 2.302 million viewers and a 4% share of the audience watching Homer obsess over getting all the Peekimons and Bart hang out with Jennifer Saunders. With a 56% 18-49 skew (tied with “Bob’s Burgers”) the episode was also FOX’s second-most-watched show of the night, and, in 18-49 ratings, tied third in scripted shows across all networks (tied fifth in all shows, sixth if including cable), while it finished fourteenth in total viewers.

While this is up on the previous episode‘s 0.92/3 and 2.128 million (both of which were all-time lows, bar the audience share), Sunday’s episode still pulled in the second-lowest 18-49 viewership and overall viewership ever.

The episode was down, bar in audience share, on last year’s equivalent, “To Courier with Love“, which drew 1.09/4 and 2.518 million viewers.

Twenty episodes in, the season is averaging 1.85/5.7 and 4.336 million – higher than the average after twenty episodes last season, which was 1.80/5.7 and 4.133 million.

Opposite “The Simpsons”, in the 8-8:30pm timeslot, was a 21 million audience, although another ratings site proposed a figure of 23 million.

As aforementioned, “Family Guy” had an unusual lead over “The Simpsons”, in that it was 0.2 ahead (it’s usually just 0.1 whenever “FG” beats “Simpsons”) at 1.2 – and it was also top scripted show of the night. Let’s see whether the Griffins can do the same next week, and survive the critical panning their episode last Sunday received.

See you next Tuesday for analysis of the ratings for the penultimate episode of the season!

Sources: TVBytheNumbers, SpottedRatings, ShowBuzzDaily, TVSeriesFinale