Episode Fact File: Season 28 and 29: What We Know So Far! (Part 6: 2017 #2) [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, 2017 part 3 and 2017 part 4!

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.


For Season 29 updated table please refer to Part 8.


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.


‘Simpsons’ ratings stumble to another all-time low

It’s interesting. Over the weekend I was wondering whether “The Simpsons” would go fractional first or dip below two million viewers first, or at the same time. It appears the former is more likely, based on how it DID go fractional in preliminary ratings on Sunday but managed to creep above a 1.0 in final ratings, and the show has only been within 300,000 viewers or so of the 2m barrier, of which only “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” crossed on FOX’s Sunday night.

Sunday’s trophy-laden episode attracted 2.402 million viewers (the third-lowest viewership ever) and also scored exactly a 1.00 rating in the 18-49 demo – the lowest ever rating in the demo. The audience share was also 3%. The show tied “Bob’s Burgers” with a 53% 18-49 skew, the second-best skew of the night.

Once again, “Family Guy” beat “The Simpsons”, but this time it was only in 18-49 ratings, having scored a 1.10, and was below “The Simpsons” in viewership with 2.34 million watching – both shows were the only ones on FOX on Sunday over two million viewers, as aforementioned.

The equivalent episode last season, “The Burns Cage”, was just above Sunday’s at 1.04/4 and below in viewership, at 2.315 million – the 1.04 the all-time low in 18-49 viewership until “Fatzcarraldo” with 1.02 earlier this season, and it’s 2.315 million still remains the all-time low in overall viewership.

The season average so far is now 1.95/5.9 and 4.571 million viewers, above that of this point last season with 1.79/5.8 and 4.401 million viewers.

There was a viewership of around 21-23 million opposite “The Simpsons”, on par with the last episode.

As of right now, it’s unclear whether the 1.00 rating “The Simpsons” achieved is rounded up or rounded down. The episode was at a 0.985 in preliminary ratings – and no unrounded data for final ratings has been released to determine whether the show DID go fractional, in ratings to three decimal places. As of now, though, “The Simpsons” has narrowly avoided taking a trip to fractional-land. And with this fact, who knows, considering how we’ve got two more months of post-DST and spring decline left, whether it’ll manage to complete the trip later on in the season. The show’s just above the 1.0 barrier now; who knows where it’ll be this time in May? For a show to be above a 3.0 rating and also be below a 1.0 rating in the same season sure is something – especially in a season that’s also recorded two all-time lows.


Season 28 News: Six Promotional Images for “The Caper Chase” have been released!

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


Season 28 News: A Teaser for “The Caper Chase” has been released!

A Teaser for the upcoming 19th episode of season 28, titled “The Caper Chase“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on April 2nd, 2017. The teaser includes teasers for other shows airing on Sunday.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News:  Three Sneak Peeks and new details for “The Caper Chase” have been released!

Three Sneak Peeks and new details for the upcoming 19th episode of season 28, titled “The Caper Chase“, have been released.

The episode takes place in the world of Burns University, founded by Mr. Burns after becoming disillusioned with his alma mater, Yale. He funds his own university, with Homer as professor. Neil Degrasse Tyson, Ken Jennings, Suze Orman, Robert McKee, and Jason Alexander (as Bourbon Verlander), the inventor of for-profit colleges. Al Jean told EW about Bourbon: “He has a very evil scheme that is a little reminiscent of the film Ex Machina, where he has an army of androids built to capture all the student loans that the government is giving out”.


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

The title of the third episode of the 29th production season (XABF03) has been revealed. It is titled “Haw-Haw Land“!


Season 28 News: A Sneak Peek for “The Caper Chase” has been released!

A Sneak Peek for the currently airing 19th episode of season 28, titled “The Caper Chase“, has been released.


“The Simpsons” goes fractional and sinks to lowest-ever audience

“The Simpsons” is the name, four all-time ratings lows in one season’s the game.

Last season there was “The Burns Cage“, which scored a then new all-time low of a 1.044 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.315 million viewers.

First this season was “Fatzcarraldo“, with a 1.02 rating.

Then came along “A Father’s Watch“, with a 1.00 rating.

Next arrived “The Caper Chase“, last Sunday night’s episode, with an all-time low 18-49 rating and a new low in viewership, with 0.90 and 2.128 million viewers Sunday’s episode also garnered a 3% audience share – not the lowest ever, probably the only thing about Sunday’s episode that wasn’t!

Three all-time lows in 18-49s and one all-time low in total viewership, all in one season. That’s not good, especially with the last new low being fractional (under a 1.0 rating).

The season average so far is 1.89/5.8 and 4.443 million viewers. By this point last season, it was 1.79/5.8 and 4.401 million viewers.

“The Simpsons” managed to stave off going fractional with its last episode, but the American Music Awards (which caused “The Burns Cage”‘s low ratings last year, which at that point were the lowest ever ratings in 18-49s and total viewership for the show) struck it again, and “The Simpsons” lost.

Nevertheless, irrespective of the low ratings, “The Simpsons” was actually first in scripted shows on broadcast TV (the main four networks), among the 18-49 demographic, on Sunday night, tying with “Chicago Justice”, and in all shows on broadcast, tied fourth!

The show officially (to one decimal place) went fractional in the preliminary ratings (it was fractional to third-decimal places last episode), and was at just 0.896 to three decimal places.

The equivalent episode last year was “The Burns Cage” – a bit of a coincidence that for the same Sunday two years running “The Simpsons” drew a new low for total viewership.

Despite the “American Music Awards”‘ large 18-49 rating, it only skewed 25% to that audience, with “The Simpsons”‘ 56% skew tying with “Family Guy” for the third largest skew of the broadcast TV night.

The audience against “The Simpsons” in its timeslot, on broadcast TV, added up to around 23 million viewers.

Why must FOX keep putting the Simpsons against shows they know are going to attract huge audiences and therefore knock their own shows (which they’ve already experienced by putting “Fatzcarraldo” against the Grammys and it pulling in the show’s lowest 18-49 rating ever)? Who knows why they didn’t air a repeat like “Family Guy” did. And usual powerhouse “Little Big Shots” was knocked by 0.5 down to 1.2 – very low for its standards. FOX was even fractional (below a 1.0 rating) for all of its night!


Season 28 News: Bart Befriends Springfield’s Grandmothers and Springfield Gets Addicted to an App in April!

Information about the plot and a Guest Star for the episode “Looking for Mr. Goodbart“, which will air on April 30, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 20th episode of Season 28.

Bart gets in trouble on Grandparents Day at school and is forced to hang out with Skinner’s mother as punishment. After spending time with various grandmas in the neighborhood, he learns the benefits of hanging out with the elderly, but eventually recognizes the dangers of taking advantage of them. Meanwhile, Peekimon Get has taken over the town of Springfield.

This episode will guest star Jennifer Saunders as Phoebe.


Season 28 News: Homer and Marge try to improve their marriage in May

Information about the plot and a Guest Star for the episode “Moho House“, which will air on May 7th, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 21st episode of Season 28.

Homer and Marge attempt to work on their marriage, not knowing that Mr. Burns and Nigel have a bet on whether Nigel can break them apart. With the successful, albeit unconventional, help of Moe, the couple gets back their mojo.

This episode will guest star Michael York as Nigel.


Season 28 News: The writer for “Looking for Mr. Goodbart” has been revealed!

The Writer for the episode “Looking for Mr. Goodbart“, which will air on April 30, 2017; has been revealed by FOX. The episode will be the 20th episode of Season 28.


Season 28 News: Promotional Images for “Looking for Mr. Goodbart” and “Moho House” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 20th and 21st episode of season 28, titled “Looking for Mr. Goobart” and “Moho House“, have been released by FOX. Looking for Mr. Goodbart airs on April 30th, 2017, while Moho House airs on May 7th, 2017.

Looking for Mr. Goodbart

Moho House


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

The title of the fourth episode of the 29th production season (XABF04) has been revealed. It is titled “Frink Gets Testy“!

Also announced for Season 29 the return of Sideshow Bob!


Season 28 News: The name and writer of the season finale has been revealed!

The name and Writer of the Season Finale for season 28, the 22nd episode of the season, has been revealed. The episode, titled “Dogtown“, will air sometime in May, 2017.


Season 28 News: A Teaser for “Looking for Mr. Goodbart” has been released!

A Teaser for the upcoming 20th episode of season 28, titled “Looking for Mr. Goobart“, has been released by FOX. The episode on April 30th, 2017. The teaser contains previews from other shows on that night.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News: It’s A Dog’s World on the Season Finale in May!

Information about the plot for the episode “Dogtown“, which will air on May 21, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 22nd episode of Season 28 and its Season Finale.

When Homer’s court case determines that a dog’s life is more valuable than a human’s is, the status of man’s best friend rises in Springfield. When the dogs recognize their new position of power, they assert their dominance over the humans.


Season 28 News: Celebrating 30 Years of The Simpsons in the Big Bang Theory Couch Gag this Sunday!

The Couch Gag for the upcoming 20th episode of season 28, titled “Looking for Mr. Goobart“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on April 30, 2017.


Season 28 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Looking for Mr. Goodbart” have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 20th episode of season 28, titled “Looking for Mr. Goobart“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on April 30, 2017.


Season 28 News: Promotional Images for “Dogtown”, the Season Finale, have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 22nd episode of season 28, the Season Finale, titled “Dogtown“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 21st, 2017.


Season 28 News: A Teaser for “Moho House” has been released!

A Teaser for the upcoming 21st episode of season 28, titled “Moho House“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 7th, 2017. The teaser contains previews from other FOX shows airing that same night.

The video has been privated and was removed.


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

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!


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.


Season 28 News: A New Teaser and Two Sneak Peeks for “Moho House” have been released!

A New Teaser and Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 21st episode of season 28, titled “Moho House“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs tonight!


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

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!


Season 28 News: The Director for “Dogtown”, the Season Finale, has been revealed!

The Director for the upcoming 22nd episode of season 28, the Season Finale, titled “Dogtown“, has been revealed. The episode airs on May 21st, 2017.


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

The title of the fourth episode of the 29th production season (XABF04) has been revealed. It is titled “3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage“! It is written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross.


Season 29 News: Another new title revealed!

The title of the fifth episode of the 29th production season (XABF05) has been revealed. It is titled “Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t“!


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.


Season 28 News: A Teaser for “Dogtown”, the Season Finale, has been released!

A Teaser for the upcoming  22nd episode of season 28, the Season Finale, titled “Dogtown“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 21st, 2017. The teaser contains previews from other FOX shows airing that same night.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 28 News: A Preview for “Dogtown”, the Season Finale, has been released!

A Preview for the upcoming 22nd episode of season 28, the Season Finale, titled “Dogtown“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 21, 2017.


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

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the seventh episode of the 29th production season (XABF07) has been revealed. It is titled “No Good Read Goes Unpunished“!


Season 28 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Dogtown”, the Season Finale, have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 22nd episode of season 28, the Season Finale, titled “Dogtown“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 21, 2017.


‘Simpsons’ season finale ratings stumble with music awards clash

“The Simpsons” aired its season 28 finale on a down note on Sunday, as it hit fractional once again, for the third time this season – and ever – with the antics of an albino family from Rhode Island proving more popular again.

The episode, which saw Springfield prioritise the rights of canines over that of humans, was seen by 2.15 million viewers (second-lowest overall viewership ever) and recorded a 0.94 rating (second-lowest 18-49 rating ever) and a 4% share. (The episode had a 54% 18-49 skew, the lowest on FOX that night, but still higher than the skews of all other broadcast TV shows.)

The episode’s ratings were harmed by the clash with the Billboard Music Awards, which pulled in an average of 2.6/9 and 8.7m viewers over its three hours on air, although those numbers were lower when it started during “The Simpsons”‘ timeslot.

Sunday’s ratings are down from the previous episode‘s 1.0/4 and 2.344 million viewers, and also down from last season’s finale, which drew 1.05/4 and 2.542 million viewers.

Irrespective of the fractional figures, “The Simpsons” was still the second-most-watched show of FOX’s night in overall viewership – as well as being the third-most-watched of FOX’s night and all of broadcast TV in 18-49s.

Season 28 averaged a 1.72 rating, 4.015m viewers and 5.6% audience share compared to season 27’s average of a 1.74 rating, 3.999m and 5.4% audience share. It seems that, for this season, even with the higher numbers in fall, the lower-than-usual numbers for late spring brought the average down, although the increase in overall viewers for this season seems to buck that trend, and it also seems the increase in audience share will be due to TV audiences as a whole declining.

“The Simpsons” was beaten in the 18-49s by two episodes of “Family Guy”, which were at 1.0/4 and 1.1/4 respectively, but only the latter episode beat the show in overall viewership, with 2.052m and 2.225m respectively. You may be interested to hear “Family Guy” only went fractional (below a 1.0 rating) once this season, while “The Simpsons” did it thrice – although not low enough to meet “Family Guy”‘s fractional rating (0.88).

Opposite “The Simpsons”, around 20-21 million were watching on the other three broadcast networks, on par with the usual number.


Season 29 News: The title of the season premiere has been announced!

The title of the season 29 premiere has been announced. The title is “Springfield Splendor“!


How the audience returned, then left again – a ratings analysis of season 28

“The Simpsons”‘ 28th season was one of the few shows on broadcast TV this past season that saw its audience increase year-on-year (contrary to my calculations, but they’re probably wrong!), with its 18-49 figure improving ever so slightly. Both viewership overall and in the 18-49 demographic saw improvement from the boosts given to the show by football early in the season – and once that reliable lead-in had gone, the audience gains evaporated, and the show saw three new all-time lows in one season – and went fractional for the first time ever… twice.

Here’s a comparison to last season:

This season’s 18-49 rating average: 1.76
Last season’s 18-49 rating average: 1.74
This season’s overall viewership rating average: 4.147 million
Last season’s overall viewership rating average: 3.999 million
This season’s audience share average: 5.6%
Last season’s audience share average: 5.4%

EDIT: Now to add the ratings following catch-up. Live+3 ratings are defined by viewers watching on the night, and on catch-up over the next three days. Live+7 ratings are defined by viewers watching within seven days of broadcast.

18-49 average in Live+3 ratings: 2.0 (0.2 gain from Live+SD), #26 rank
Overall viewership average in Live+3 ratings: 4.637 million (490,000 gain), #90 rank

18-49 average in Live+7 ratings: 2.1 (0.1 gain from Live+3; 0.3 gain from Live+SD), #28 rank
Overall viewership average in Live+7 ratings: 4.838 million (201,000 gain from Live+3; 691,000 gain from Live+SD) , #90 rank

Here’s some other generic facts about this season’s ratings:

In live+same day ratings, “The Simpsons” was the 74th most-watched broadcast TV show last season in overall viewership, tied with “Dateline Saturday Mystery” on NBC, but ranked significantly higher in 18-49s, placing 15th (at 1.8), tied with CBS’ “Survivor”. This is an improvement on last season, which ranked 92nd and 35th respectively.

“The Simpsons” was also FOX’s second-highest-rated show this season, after the freefalling “Empire”.

One episode that aired in the fall was watched by under three million – the first time the show had an episode seen by fewer than three million in fall ever.

Three episodes in the season had fewer viewers than the lowest-rated episode last season (2.315m), with six below the 18-49 rating for the lowest-rated episode last season (1.04) – all said episodes being in the 2017 portion of the season.

Lowest 18-49 rating this season, and episode: 0.92, “The Caper Chase
Lowest overall viewership rating this season, and ep: 2.128 million, “The Caper Chase”

Highest 18-49 rating this season, and episode: 3.50, “Pork and Burns
Highest overall viewership rating last season, and ep: 8.187 million, “Pork and Burns”

Number of episodes with or above a 3.0 18-49 rating this season: Two – “Treehouse of Horror XVIII” (3.0) and “Pork and Burns” (3.2).
Number of episodes with or above a 3.0 18-49 rating last season: One – “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles” (3.6)

Number of episodes with a 2.0-2.9 18-49 rating this season: Four – “Friends and Family” (2.65), “The Last Traction Hero” (2.4), “The Nightmare After Krustmas” (2.3), “The Great Phatsby” (2.78)
Number of episodes with a 2.0-2.9 18-49 rating last season: Five

Number of episodes with a 1.0-1.9 18-49 rating this season: Eleven
Number of episodes with a 1.0-1.9 18-49 rating last season: Sixteen

Number of episodes below a 1.0 18-49 rating this season: Three – “The Caper Chase” (0.92), “Looking for Mr. Goodbart” (0.97), “Dogtown” (0.94)
Number of episodes below a 1.0 18-49 rating last season: None!

And now, just to be petty:

Number of times “Family Guy” beat “The Simpsons” this season: Seven times in 18-49s, twice in overall viewership.


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

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the seventh episode of the 29th production season (XABF08) has been revealed. It is titled “Fears of a Clown“!


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

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the ninth episode of the 29th production season (XABF09) has been revealed. It is titled “Forgive and Regret“!


Season 29 News: A new guest star has been revealed!

A new guest star for Season 29 has been revealed as Andy Daly joins the list!


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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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