Monthly Archives: May 2018

US ratings: Season 29 closes low on a highly competitive night

Homer is desperately trying to keep the ratings up by not using what the rest of his family are that brought them down in the first place.

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.

The episode’s numbers are down from the previous episode (0.9/4, 2.142m) and last season’s finale (0.9, 2.15m).

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.

Sources: TVBytheNumbers, SpottedRatings, ShowBuzzDaily

Season 30 News: A new episode title has been revealed!

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the eighth episode of the 30th production season (YABF08) has been revealed. It is titled “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)“!

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” steady, narrowly beaten by “Family Guy”

YOU’RE coming begging for higher ratings?! At least we didn’t have to chop off the ding-dong of one of our characters to get them!

One more episode to go and “The Simpsons” stays fractional, but the fact it hasn’t gone lower is something to be thankful for.

Sunday’s episode scored a 0.9/4 and 2.142 million viewers; only the viewership was down – and VERY marginally down – from the previous episode (2.147m).

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…!