Episode Fact File: Season 29 and 30: What We Know So Far! (Part 8: 2017 #4) (Update: November 23rd) [Contains SPOILERS]

Season 28 has recently ended and season 29 is building up nicely, with season 30 flowing now too! Today, in collaboration with almost all episodes revealed. The Springfield Shopper, Wikisimpson‘s blog, we’re going to analyze what we know so far of Season 29 and 30! 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 2 and 2017 part 3!

Note: This article will be updated with more news as they come out!
Attention: This post contains SPOILERS about future episodes!


By clicking on the episode titles, you can access the page of that episode on WikiSimpsons, our great source of information about the show.



US ratings: ‘Simpsons’ drops without football lead-in to new fall low, yet top for Fox

Sunday, October 15’s episode scored a 1.3/5 demo rating and 2.905 million viewers – down from last year (1.5/5 and 3.221m), and, less so, from the season premiere (the last episode without a football lead-in; 1.4/5 and 3.261m) – with 58% of viewers in the 18-49 demographic (1.68m), and tying 24th in the demo for the top shows of the week.

The episode is also the earliest in any season ‘The Simpsons’ has had below three million viewers, and its 1.3 is the lowest 18-49 rating ever recorded in fall – both for first-run showings of an episode.

Despite the negatives, “The Simpsons” was the top show for Fox on Sunday night – #1 in demo and overall viewership – and was the highest-rated scripted show in the 18-49 demo of the night across broadcast and cable.

Sunday’s episode had approximately a 25 million opposition on broadcast, the same as the season premiere – so the fall in viewers doesn’t seem to have come much from here.

In catch-up news, the second episode of the season – “Springfield Splendor” – grew by 0.1 after three days of catch-up to a 2.3 rating. It tied with “The Gifted” to rank 15 in the 18-49 demo for shows on broadcast TV that week.


Season 29 News: Marge Decides to Run for Mayor in November!

Information about the plot for the episode “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be“, which will air on November 12, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 6th episode of Season 29.

Frustrated with the local government, Marge decides to run for Mayor. To win public support, she begins making Homer the butt of her jokes.


Season 29 News: A new upcoming episode title has been announced!

A new episode title has been announced. The episode, which is the nineteenth of the 29th production season (XABF19) is titled “Bart’s Not Dead“!


Season 29 News: The scheduled episode number for “Haw-Haw Land” has been released!

The scheduled episode number for the upcoming episode of season 29, titled “Haw-Haw Land“, has been released.


Season 29 News: New Sneak Peeks for “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” have been released!

New Sneak Peeks for the 4th episode of season 29, titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII“, airing next, have been released.


US ratings: Football overruns, or ‘Treehouse of Horror’ effect, boost “Simpsons”

There are two possible reasons why the latest episode of “The Simpsons” was lifted to a season high – either due to the ripples from local football overruns in some Fox markets in the 7pm hour extending through “Bob’s Burgers” lifted it, or it was due to the fact it was the annual “Treehouse of Horror” special, which usually sees some sort of lift.

While it may not be possible to discern the extent to which either had on Sunday’s episode, it can at least be said there was a definite increase in both 18-49 viewers and overall viewership from the last episode. Sunday’s outing scored a 1.6/6 demo rating, and entertained 3.659 million viewers – both up from the last episode (1.3/5, 2.905m), and in fact is so far a season high (excluding the football-boosted episode). The episode had a 56% 18-49 skew, and the episode had around 2.049 million; it was also the top scripted show of the night in the 18-49 demographic on Fox and broadcast TV.

Comparison to last year’s “Treehouse of Horror” are invalid, since that edition had a direct football lead-in, and in all Fox markets.

So far, this season is averaging 1.6/6 and 3.768 million viewers (excluding the football-boosted episode: 1.4/5 and 3.275 million).

“The Simpsons”‘ opposition on the other broadcast networks this time around amounted to around 25-28 million viewers, the highest so far this season.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” and “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” have been released!

Promotional Images for season 29 upcoming episodes titled “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” and “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be“, the 5th and 6th episodes of the season, respectively, have been released by FOX. The episodes air on November 5, 2017 and November 12, 2017; respectively.

Grampy Can Ya Hear Me

The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be


Season 29 News: Homer Gets the Bowling Team Back Together in November!

Information about the plot for the episode “Singin’ in the Lane“, which will air on November 19, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 7th episode of Season 29.

Homer and the guys reunite their old bowling team to cheer up Moe, only to end up in fierce competition with a team of arrogant millionaires. Meanwhile, Lisa and Marge try to teach Bart that money isn’t everything.


Season 29 News: A Sneak Peek for “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” has been released

A Sneak Peek for the upcoming 5th episode of season 29, titled “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, has been released. The episodes will air on November 5, 2017.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 29 News: Information about “Gone Boy” have been announced

Information about the upcoming episode of  season 29, titled “Gone Boy“, have been announced.


Season 29 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” have been released

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 5th episode of season 29, titled “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, have been released. The episodes is airing now.


Season 29 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” have been released

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 6th episode of season 29, titled “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be“, have been released. The episodes will air on November 12, 2017. The 2nd one includes sneak peeks of the other shows of the night too.

The videos have been privated and were removed.


US ratings: ‘Simpsons’ falls to season low, beaten by “Bob’s Burgers”

When a new episode of your longest-running show has fewer viewers than a new episode of a comedy shunted to a low-priority slot you only renew because anything you replace it with would fail, something’s up.

That was the tale this past Sunday on Fox, where “Bob’s Burgers” beat “The Simpsons”. But more on that in a bit…

Sunday’s outing with the yellow clan scored a 1.3/5 rating (1.2995 in unroundeds; first ep this season below 1.3, so season low), and 2.859 million viewers (the lowest viewership so far this season). This is down from the last episode (1.6/6 and 3.659m) – although, a comparison isn’t fair as that had the football and “Treehouse of Horror” boost to help it – yet steady with the last ‘normal’ episode on 15th October (“Whistler’s Father“), which had 1.3/5 and 2.905m. The episode is down from the equivalent episode last year, which had 1.4/5 and 3.14m.

The episode had a 59% 18-49 skew, meaning 1.675m of its viewers were in that demographic; in the demo, the episode ranked as the 22nd-most-watched show on broadcast networks of the week. The episode’s ratings mark a season low so far in viewership, and matches a season low in rounded 18-49 demo ratings.

So far, the season is averaging 1.5/6 and 3.586m viewers after five episodes. By this point (after six episodes) last season, the average was 1.9/6 and 4.42m (yet there were more directly-football-boosted eps at the start of last season).

Now onto the burger-flipping supremacy – to spin a hyperbole. “Bob’s Burgers”, which airs in the half-hour slot before “The Simpsons” drew a 1.4/5 rating and 2.89m on Sunday – and wasn’t only Fox’s highest-rated show of primetime, it was also their highest-rated show in primetime of the entire past week (in the 18-49 demographic). However, it seems “Bob’s Burgers” beating “The Simpsons”, which has never happened before, is just a fluke, as its numbers may have been boosted by football games overrunning in local markets.

Around 22-25 million viewers were watching shows on the other broadcast networks at the same time as “The Simpsons” – usual levels.

In catch-up news, the last episode (the “Treehouse of Horror” special) rose by 0.4 after three days of catch-up, from 1.6 to 2.0. Such catch-up is higher than usual, proving “Treehouse of Horror” still has its pulling power.


Season 29 News: A new episode title and Information for “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” and “Haw-Haw Land” have been released

A new episode title, “Baby You Can’t Drive My Car“, and Information for the upcoming episodes of season 29, “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” and “Haw-Haw Land“, have been released.


Season 29 News: Lisa recalls her past birthdays in December

The plot, air date and guest stars of the upcoming 8th episode of season 29, titled “Mr. Lisa’s Opus“, have been released.

As future Lisa writes her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays that helped shape her.

Guest stars for the episodes will be Norman Lear as Himself, Kipp Lennon as Voice of Michael Jackson, Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff and Valerie Harper as Ms. Myles.


Season 29 News: Two new Sneak Peeks for “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” have been released

Two new Sneak Peeks for the 6th episode of season 29, titled “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be“, have been released. The episodes just aired.


Season 29 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Singin’ in the Lane” have been released

Two Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 7th episode of season 29, titled “Singin’ in the Lane“, have been released. The episode will air on November 19, 2017. The 2nd one includes sneak peeks of the other shows of the night too.

The videos have been privated and were removed.


Season 29 News: A new episode title revealed!

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the twentieth episode of the 29th production season (XABF20) has been revealed. It is titled “From Russia Without Love“!


US ratings: Football lead-in boosts ‘Simpsons’ to top non-sport show

Local elections in the US recently saw a slew of women elected to posts, and the trend continued on Sunday, with Marge becoming Springfield’s mayor. She probably would’ve have preferred her mayoral debut to pull in the crowds without football behind it, but a boost in viewership is a boost in viewership…

Sunday’s episode scored 1.9/7 and 4.745 million viewers. This was down on the last football-boosted episode (directly; “Springfield Splendor“, 2.2/8 and 5.245m) and on the equivalent episode last year (“Havana Wild Weekend“, 3.1/9 and 7.1m). Despite this, Sunday’s ep was the highest-rated show of FOX’s night post-football, and in the 18-49 demo on all broadcast networks outside of football.

Around 52% of the viewers of Sunday’s episode were aged 18-49 – that’s approximately 2.47m.

After six episodes, this season is averaging 1.6/6 and 3.78m, down from this time last season – after seven episodes (more of which were football-boosted), it was averaging 2.1/7 and 4.80m.

Opposition to Sunday’s episode on broadcast TV was around 23m – normal.


Season 29 News: The Opening Sequence for “Singin’ in the Lane” has been released

The Opening Sequence for the upcoming 7th episode of season 29, titled “Singin’ in the Lane“, has been released. The episode will air on November 19, 2017.


Season 29 News: Bart goes missing this December

The plot of the upcoming 9th episode of season 29, titled “Gone Boy“, has been released.

When Bart goes missing, the town puts together a search party to find him. After most give up hope, Sideshow Bob manipulates Millhouse into revealing where Bart is hiding.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Singin’ in the Lane” have been released

Promotional Images for the upcoming 7th episode of season 29, titled “Singin’ in the Lane“, have been released. The episode will air tomorrow.


Season 29 News: Two new Sneak Peeks for “Singin’ in the Lane” have been released

Two new Sneak Peeks for the 7th episode of season 29, titled “Singin’ in the Lane“, have been released. The episodes just aired.


US ratings: Awards and football hit ‘Simpsons’; falls to season low

“The Simpsons” usually copes OK up against football, but this past Sunday it had the double whammy of football and the American Music Awards – which hasn’t been kind to the show in the past, and wasn’t on Sunday. At least “Bob’s Burgers”‘ local NFL boost didn’t mean it beat “The Simpsons” in this case… it just tied it.

Sunday’s episode scored 1.1/4 and 2.67 million viewers.

This is down on the last episode without a football lead-in encouraging the ratings upwards (“Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, 1.3/5 and 2.859m), and down on the equivalent episode last season (“Dad Behavior“, 1.3/4 and 2.876m). The 1.1 is a season low, and is the lowest 18-49 rating “The Simpsons” has ever recorded in fall; that 2.67m is also a new season low and fall low in viewership. However, Sunday’s episode was the highest-rated show of Fox primetime and, in the 18-49 demo, of all scripted shows on broadcast TV.

Around 53% of the viewers of Sunday’s episode were aged 18-49 – that’s approximately 1.42m.

After seven episodes, this season is averaging 1.5/6 and 3.62m, down from this time last season – after eight episodes (more of which were football-boosted), it was averaging 2.0/6 and 4.56m.

It seems the fact that, even though the AMAs were steady year-to-year, it was the higher football ratings than last year that lowered “The Simpsons”‘ ratings this time around. In fact, there was the added issue of there being an opposition of around 30 million viewers for Sunday’s episode – way higher than normal.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Gone Boy” have been released

Promotional Images for the upcoming 9th episode of season 29, titled “Gone Boy“, have been released. The episode is scheduled to air December 10, 2017.


Season 29 News: The Scheduled air date for “Frink Gets Testy” has been announced

The scheduled air date for the upcoming season 29 episode “Frink Gets Testy” has been announced.


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As always in collaboration with WikiSimpsons, we’re going to post the Episode Fact Files of Season 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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