Monday, May 20, 2024

“Simpsons” Ratings Panic As Show Falls Below 900,000 Viewers for First Time in 33 Years


What’s going on here?

Last night, “The Simpsons” fell in fast overnight ratings to just 804,000 viewers. That’s a 22% drop in one week.

Even if delayed viewing adds 100,000 more viewers (I;m being charitable) something bad is happening at the 33 year old series.

This would be the fourth week in a row under 1 million.

There’s no sports for competition, so that’s not the problem. And “American Idol” is also down over at ABC, by 26% to a season low 4.6 million. And that’s as “Idol” heads into its finalist shows.

Where have the “Simpsons” fans gone? And are they going to come back?

Stay tuned for an update on delayed viewing…

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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