Episode Fact File: Season 28 and 29: What We Know So Far! (Part 6: 2017 #2) (Update: March 18th) [Contains SPOILERS]

2017 just begun with the bang with a special one hour episode, The Great Phatsby, and more are to come from Season 28 and 29! Today, in collaboration with The Springfield Shopper, Wikisimpson‘s blog, we’re going to analyze what we know so far of Season 28 and Season 29! Follow us right after the jump!

The following article contains the sixth part of the news, with all the news that come out in the second part of 2017. To follow the other posts click here: 2015, 2016 part 1, 2016 part 2, 2016 part 3, 2016 part 4 and 2017 part 1!

Note: This article will be updated with more news as they come out!
Attention: This post contains SPOILERS about future episodes!
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By clicking on the episode titles, you can access the page of that episode on WikiSimpsons, our great source of information about the show.


Note: Some episodes in the table will be part of Season 29.


Season 28 News: Homer’s Search for Comfort Food Brings up Childhood Memories in February!

Information about the plot for the episode “Fatzcarraldo“, which will air on February 12, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 14th episode of Season 28.

When all the fast food restaurants in Springfield become healthy, Homer turns to the last bastion of greasy food for comfort – and digs up some childhood memories along the way. Meanwhile, Lisa must find a good news story when the future of her school radio station is in jeopardy.


Season 28 News: Four Promotional Images for “Fatzcarraldo” have been released!

Four Promotional Images for the upcoming 14th episode of season 28, titled “Fatzcarraldo“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 12, 2017.


Season 28 News: Bart’s Guilt Gets the Best of Him in February!

Information about the plot for the episode “The Cad and the Hat“, which will air on February 19, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 15th episode of Season 28.

When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt – literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when Homer is revealed to be a chess savant.

The episode will be guest starring Magnus Carlsen as Himself and Patton Oswalt as Bart’s Guilt.


Season 28 News: The Writer and Five Promotional Images for “The Cad and the Hat” has been revealed

The writer and Five Promotional Images for the episode “The Cad and the Hat“, which will air on February 19, 2017; has been revealed. The episode will be the 15th episode of Season 28.


Season 28 News: The Director and 2 Teasers for “Fatzcarraldo” have been released!

The Director and 2 Teasers for the upcoming 14th episode of season 28, titled “Fatzcarraldo“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 12, 2017. The teaser includes teasers for other shows airing on Sunday.

The videos has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News: The Plot and Air Date of “Kamp Krustier” have been released!

The Plot and Air Date for the upcoming 16th episode of season 28, titled “Kamp Krustier“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs March 5, 2017.

When Bart and Lisa return home abruptly after a traumatic incident at Kamp Krusty, they put an end to Homer and Marge‘s romantic encounters. Without sex to distract him, Homer becomes a more productive worker and caring husband, but Marge misses the old Homer. Then, Bart and Lisa return to camp to confront the source of their trauma.

Special Guests: Michael Sheen as William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson.


Season 28 News”: Two Sneak Peeks for “Fatzcarraldo” have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 14th episode of season 28, titled “Fatzcarraldo“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 12, 2017.


Season 28 News: Two Teasers for “The Cad and the Hat” have been released!

Two Teasers for the upcoming 15th episode of season 28, titled “The Cad and the Hat“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 19, 2017. One of the teasers includes teasers for other shows airing on Sunday.

The videos have been privated and were removed.


‘Grammy’ power knocks ‘Simpsons’ return to all-time low

New episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ returned to US TV on Sunday night (February 12), and you couldn’t say it didn’t have a difficult time to remind viewers of that, as someone at FOX thought it would be a good idea to put new episodes of their Sunday shows against one of the biggest programmes on US television. And they suffered. Immensely.

2.399m tuned in to watch Homer take a trip down his gourmandising past on Sunday,

with the episode scoring a 1.0/3 rating, down both on the last episode with a football lead-in (“The Great Phatsby“, down 1.8) and the last episode without (November’s “Dad Behavior“; down 0.3).

UPDATE: An unrounded 18-49 figure for this episode has been revealed, 1.02. This means that “Fatzcarraldo” is the least-watched episode in 18-49s, ever; “The Burns Cage” had 1.044 in unrounded figures.

This is the second time the show’s hit a 1.0 rating before, with the first being “The Burns Cage“, which was broadcast against the American Music Awards in May; however, it didn’t go as low as “Cage” in terms of overall viewership (2.31m). Currently, “The Burns Cage” has the show’s lowest ever viewership, and now ties Sunday’s “Fatzcarraldo” in the show’s lowest ever 18-49 rating (“To Courier with Love” holds the show’s lowest ever audience share at 2%, however.)

The equivalent episode last season was at 1.3/4 and 2.89 million viewers, and so Sunday’s episode declined in both 18-49 viewership and total viewership.

The last episode to air against the Grammys was “Walking Big & Tall” on February 8, 2015, and garnered a higher figure of 1.2/3 and 2.78 million.

Sunday’s episode was a season low both in viewership and in the 18-49s. It’s likely FOX will look at Sunday’s ratings and put on repeats whenever there’s a big event on another network; “The Simpsons” is at the back-end of the season, where it’s usually in the low 1s and 2 millions straight through until the finale – FOX won’t want to make the show shed any more viewers if possible, considering “The Simpsons” was the only show holding up the network on Sunday night.

Sunday’s episode was popular among younger viewers with a 60% 18-49 skew, but was outmuscled in that regard by “Bob’s Burgers” with 61% and “Family Guy” with 62%.

The season average is currently at 2.14/7, and 5.03 million viewers. By the equivalent episode last year, last season’s average was at 2.11/6 and 4.87 million. It seems this season’s average is slowly taking over last season’s after being below it for the autumn episodes.

FOX suffered elsewhere as well, with “The Simpsons” their only show over the 1.0 barrier. For the first time, “Family Guy” went fractional and under two million viewers, to 0.9/3 and 1.859m. “Son of Zorn”, which followed “Simpsons”, crashed to 0.6/2 and 1.4m. “Bob’s Burgers” dropped to a 0.8/3 and 1.67m.

CBS’ broadcast of a technically-plagued Grammys made other networks’ show’s shed some viewers, but with both ABC and NBC showing movies, there wasn’t much more added competition for Simpsons on broadcast TV. Including the Grammys, the viewership against The Simpsons’ broadcast comes to around 31-34 million.

There’s been a lot of catching-up on the latest episodes, and these figures will be detailed in a post compiling all Live+3 and Live+7 data soon.


Season 28 News: A new “Robot Chicken” couch-gag this Sunday!

A sneak peek at the Cocuh-Gag for the upcoming 15th episode of season 28, titled “The Cad and the Hat“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 19, 2017. The sneak peek announces it will be the announced Robot Chicken-style second couch-gag, after the one in The Fabulous Faker Boy.


Season 28 News: Bart Goes from Slacker to Star in March!

Information about the plot for the episode “22 for 30“, which will air on March 12, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 17th episode of Season 28.

In this parody of a cable sports show, Bart goes from delinquent with detention to the star basketball player at Springfield Elementary. Lisa covers Bart’s success for the school paper, and Homer becomes the team’s coach. Things go awry when Bart gets involved with the mafia.


Season 28 News: The second “Robot Chicken” couch-gag has been revealed!

The Cocuh-Gag for the upcoming 15th episode of season 28, titled “The Cad and the Hat“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on February 19, 2017. The couch gag is the announced second Robot Chicken-style couch-gag, after the one in The Fabulous Faker Boy.


‘Simpsons’ barely recovers, but still tops broadcast night

Broadcast TV had a somewhat horrific night on Sunday, with only five shows, and just three scripted shows, making it above the 1.0 barrier – two being on FOX. NBC self-indulged, ABC plonked on a film, and CBS had the crazy idea that previewing an online-only show skewing heavily towards an older audience would bring in a young crowd. FOX was steadfast and familiar, and it, as well as the poor performances by other networks, seemed to help, as all their shows were up on last week, however, it seems not enough for “Son of Zorn”.

Sunday (Feb 19)’s green-with-guilt episode pulled in 2.443 million viewers, scoring a 1.1/4 18-49 demo rating, up slightly on the second-lowest-ever viewership of previous episode “Fatzcarraldo” with 2.399 million and the lowest-ever 18-49 rating it had with 1.02/3. Sunday’s episode, “The Cad and the Hat”, was also behind the equivalent episode last season, “Gal of Constant Sorrow“, which had a 1.4/4 rating and 3.10 million viewers.

Despite the negative aspect of this story, it tied with “NCIS: Los Angeles” for the highest 18-49 viewership of the night in broadcast shows, with both shows at 1.1/4, and the CBS show topping the night in overall viewership among scripted shows with 8.606 million; plus, “The Simpsons” was FOX’s top show on Sunday night.

Another bonus point for the show came with FOX’s shows having the highest 18-49 skews of the night, with 57% for all shows except a 60% for “Bob’s Burgers”, and is good news considering “Son of Zorn”, “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” had, as well as “The Simpsons”, mediocre figures, with the former finishing at cancellation-level 0.7/2 (1.58m) and the latter two at 1.0/4 (2.257m) and 0.9/3 (1.97m).

So far, the season average is 2.08/7 and 4.84 million viewers. At this point last season, it was slightly behind this season’s average, at 2.06/6 and 4.74 million viewers.

FOX saw sense after the all-time low in 18-49 viewership the show suffered against the Grammys and aren’t putting a new episode against the Oscars – an event likely to receive up to double the ratings of the Grammys (who knows what a new episode would’ve received in terms of viewership against that, considering how weak “The Simpsons” is at the moment.). See you again March 7th!

P.S. Apologies for the post being published a day later than usual; final ratings were delayed by a day due to the Presidents’ Day weekend.


Season 28 News: Seven Promotional Images for “Kamp Krustier” have been released!

Seven Promotional Images for the upcoming 16th episode of season 28, titled “Kamp Krustier“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 5th, 2017.


Season 28 News: The Plot, Air Date, Writer and a Special Guest of “A Father’s Watch” have been released!

The Plot, Air Date, Writer and a Special Guest for the upcoming 18th episode of season 28, titled “A Father’s Watch“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs March 19, 2017.

Worried that Bart is destined for failure, Marge turns to a series of parenting “experts” for advice. Homer decides to cash in on one expert’s advice by opening up a trophy store in Springfield. Meanwhile, Bart finds some needed encouragement from Grampa, who gives him a precious watch coveted by Homer.

Special Guest: Brian Posehn as Dumlee.

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Season 28 News: A Teaser for “Kamp Krustier” has been released!

A Teaser for the upcoming 16th episode of season 28, titled “Kamp Krustier“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 5th, 2017.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News: Promotional Images for “22 for 30” and “A Father’s Watch” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 17th episode, titled “22 for 30“, and 18th episode, titled “A Father’s Watch“, of season 28, have been released by FOX. 22 for 30 airs on March 12th, 2017. A Father’s Watch airs on March 19th, 2017.

22 for 30 Promotional Images

A Father’s Watch Promotional Images


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

The title of the first episode of the 29th production season (XABF01) has been revealed. It is titled “Mr. Lisa’s Opus“! The episode will air during the 29th broadcast season (2017/18 TV season).

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Season 28 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Kamp Krustier” have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 16th episode of season 28, titled “Kamp Krustier“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 5th, 2017.


Season 28 News: Two Teasers for “22 for 30” have been released!

Two Teasers for the upcoming 17th episode of season 28, titled “22 for 30“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 12th, 2017. One of the teasers includes teasers for other shows airing on Sunday. It was also announced that the Couch Gag of the episode was created by Bill Plympton.

The videos have been privated and were removed.


‘Simpsons’ audience stays steady against heavy competition

“The Simpsons” was back on Sunday night (March 5) where Bart and Lisa’s Kamp Krusty nightmares became Krustier. I’m not sure what type of crust they’d like their nightmares to be more of, though; pastry, maybe?

Sunday’s episode scored the highest viewership outside of football-supported episode so far this year, at 2.563 million, with a 1.1/4 rating. The viewership is up slightly from the previous episode, which had 2.443 million, and steady in the 18-49 demographic and audience share (1.1/4). The equivalent episode last year was higher, however, at a 1.3/4 rating and 3.09 million viewers; it was steady again in audience share at 4%. Another bane for Sunday’s episode is the fact the episode of “Family Guy” which followed an hour later received a higher audience among 18-49s, with a 1.2/4; the “Simpsons” episode also had the second-lowest 18-49 skew among original shows on the night, at 55%, just above the 53% for the premiere of “Making History”.

The season average so far is narrowly ahead of last season’s, at 2.015/7 compared to 2.009/6. In viewership, this season is also above last season, with 4.68m compared to 4.63m.

This season’s average has definitely benefited from there being more episodes with a high football lead-in. If ratings of this season continue at the same level (at a 1.0 rating and a tenth or two above) things may start to dip below last season’s average again.

Against the show on Sunday was the big return of “Little Big Shots”, watched by 11.718 million viewers. During “The Simpsons”‘ timeslot, the overall audience opposite “The Simpsons” on the other broadcast networks was around 21 million. Without the big rating for “Little Big Shots”, it’s likely The Simpsons could’ve gone up on Sunday, a couple tenths or a few.

Next Sunday’s episode focuses on a venture into sport for Bart, before getting involved with the mafia again – another milk scandal on the cards, perhaps, this time laced with something other than rat genes – it is a sport plotline, after all?! We’ll see. And I’ll see you next Tuesday to review how many watched. See you then!


Season 28 News: The Couch Gag for “22 for 30” has been released!

The couch gag for the upcoming 17th episode of season 28, titled “22 for 30“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 12th, 2017. The Couch Gag of the episode was created by Bill Plympton.


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

The title of the first episode of the 29th production season (XABF02) has been revealed. It is titled “Gone Boy“! The episode will air during the 29th broadcast season (2017/18 TV season).


Season 28 News: Mr. Burns Opens His Own University in April!

Information about the plot for the episode “The Caper Chase“, which will air on April 2, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 19th episode of Season 28.

Plot

Disappointed in Yale, Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university and Homer is hired as a professor.

Guest Stars

This episode will guest star Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) as Verlander, Neil deGrasse Tyson (“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”) as himself, Ken Jennings (“Jeopardy”) as himself, Screenplay Guru Robert McKee as himself and Financial Expert Suze Orman as herself.

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Season 28 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “22 for 30” have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 17th episode of season 28, titled “22 for 30“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 12th, 2017.


‘Simpsons’ audience stays steady, ties to top FOX’s night

Bart was the focus last Sunday night (March 12) where a tale of basketball success turned into one bogged down with the oppression of the mob. A successful sportsman getting involved in the wrong crowd. Typical, eh?

Apologies for the delay in this post – there were some issues with Nielsen for the first half of the week as a power outage at one of their centres in Florida compounded the issue of tweaking ratings collection due to the US’ shift into Daylight Savings Time. Moving on…

Sunday’s episode beat the last episode’s feat of having the highest viewership outside of football-supported episode so far this year, with 2.611 million, with a 1.1/4 rating, equal to the previous episode.

In unrounded ratings for the 18-49 demographic, “The Simpsons” scored a 1.122 rating, marginally below that of “Family Guy”, which attained a 1.13, meaning “Simpsons” was the sixth most-watched show in the demographic on Sunday (“Family Guy” fourth), but in scripted shows, “Simpsons” was fourth. Both “Simpsons” and “Family Guy” were the only shows in FOX’s Sunday schedule above the 1.0 barrier. In all, “Simpsons” and “Family Guy” effectively tied.

Viewership, as said above, is up slightly from the previous episode, which had 2.563 million. The equivalent episode last year, was higher, however, at a 1.3/5 rating and 3.07 million viewers.

“The Simpsons”, once again, was the lowest-young-skewing original show on FOX, with 54% of its audience in the 18-49s, just above newbie “Making History” with 49%.

After a brief overtaking of last season’s average, this season’s average has come under it again, with 1.961/6 compared to last season’s average (up to the 17th episode, as are we of this season) of 1.967/6. This is also the first time in these rating posts the averages for both seasons have been below the 2.0 barrier. In total viewership, however, this season is higher than last season, with 4.56m compared to 4.54m.

During “The Simpsons”‘ timeslot, the overall audience opposite, on the other broadcast networks, was around 22 million, up on the previous Sunday.

A father’s watch is the focus of this coming Sunday’s episode, where Grampa gifts Bart a watch Homer’s longed for, and Marge succumbs to the pressure of seeking out a ‘parenting expert’, worried Bart’s destined to fail.


Season 28 News: Two Teasers for “A Father’s Watch” have been released!

Two Teasers for the upcoming 18th episode of season 28, titled “A Father’s Watch“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on March 19th, 2017. One of the teasers includes teasers for other shows airing on Sunday.

A video has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News: A Special Guest for “A Father’s Watch” has been announced!

A Special Guest for the upcoming 18th episode of season 28, titled “A Father’s Watch“, has been announced by FOX. The episode airs on March 19th, 2017.


Season 28 News: Three Sneak Peeks for “A Father’s Watch” have been released!

Three Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 18th episode of season 28, titled “A Father’s Watch“, has been announced by FOX. The episode airs on March 19th, 2017.


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As always in collaboration with WikiSimpsons, we’re going to post the Episode Fact Files of Season 28 and 29 too. I’d like to thank the staff for the original posts on The Springfield Shooper:

Join us for more next time, Happy tapping!

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