Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ratings: “The Simpsons” Drops Below 1 Million Viewers for the First Time in 33 Seasons


Is it something Homer said?

On Sunday night, “The Simpsons” fell below the magic number of 1 million viewers for the first time ever in its 33 year history.

Last week’s show scored 1,095,000 and that was the second week in a row of low numbers. Ratings for “The Simpsons” are usually around 1.5 million although sometimes it’s double that amount. Six times this season the total number of viewers has been up to 4 million.

But Sunday night brought just 950,000 fans. It was a drop of over 100,000 and a significant fall from the season opener last September of 3.5 million viewers.

Don’t worry, “The Simpsons” won’t be cancelled any time soon. It’s a low budget show with so many other revenue streams– merchandise, etc — that Fox isn’t even close to saying goodbye. But the sudden drop is a little worrisome.

The episode on Sunday, The Sound of Bleeding Gums, was no different than the last several hundred. Little Lisa, who plays the sax, meets a jazz legend. Maybe it was too arcane. But aren’t all “Simpsons” episodes like that?

We’ll hope for a rebound this coming week.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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