The “American Idol” finale performances, the “Billboard Music Awards” and a two-hour finale of “NCIS: Los Angeles” – “The Simpsons” didn’t have much of a chance, and dipped further into the dreaded fractions the show has called a home for the past few months (bar one occasion).
Sunday’s season closer performed below-average, sliding for the second time ever to a 0.8 rating, with a 3% share and 2.1 million viewers. (It’s unknown at this point the full unrounded demo rating (if it’s below 0.84, it’s a new series low).)
In both the demo rating and viewership, it tied the lows of 0.8 and 2.1m, respectively, made by “Homer Is Where The Art Isn’t” on March 18, which was the first episode after a long hiatus.
The episode skewed 52% in the target 18-49 demographic, which equates to 1.1m viewers in that age range.
In terms of the other shows on FOX that evening, “The Simpsons” tied in the demo rating with the FOX finale of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Family Guy” (although it’s likely the latter beat “The Simpsons” in the unrounded demo ratings again), yet beat the others in viewership – as it was, once again, the only show of the night on FOX to be seen by more than two million people.
In terms of Live+SD averages, this season averaged 1.43 in the demo and 3.45 million in total viewership – in stark contrast to last season’s averages of 1.76 and 4.15 million viewers.
As said in the title, there was heavy competition on Sunday night, with around 21-23 million circulating on the other three broadcast networks during the episode’s timeslot – higher than usual for this time of year, when viewing levels are usually lower.
I’ll be back in at most a month to look at how the season performed as a whole, once the full catch-up figures are posted. Until then – or October 2 – I bid you farewell.
Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 21th episode of season 29, titled “Flanders’ Ladder”, have been released by FOX. The episode will air Sunday May 20th and will be the Season Finale. The 2nd one also shows previews of the other shows airing that night.
The episode skewed 53% to the 18-49 demo (the lowest skew of Fox’s primetime, bar repeats), equating to around 1.14 million viewers in that demographic.
The episode was beaten by “Family Guy”, which ranked top of the night for Fox with a 1.0/4 rating and 2.154 million viewers (just 102,000 viewers separating them).
With one episode to go, the season is averaging 1.46 in the demos and 3.518 million in viewership. By this point last year, last season was averaging 1.76 and 4.108 million
Competition in “The Simpsons”‘ timeslot was below usual (viewing levels, especially early in the evening, decline as we go further into spring), with around 18 million shared around the other three broadcast networks.
See you next Tuesday to see how “The Simpsons” copes with its season finale up against the mights of the “American Idol” finale and the Billboard Music Awards… my guess is that it records a new series low. Until then…!