Sunday, May 26, 2024

“The Simpsons” End Season 33 with Lowest Ratings Ever, Even Hugh Jackman Couldn’t Help


“The Simpsons” ended Season 33 on Sunday night with their sixth episode in a row under 1 million viewers. Technically two of those six rose to just above 1 million with delayed viewing. But the reality is, the smart cartoon is coming to an end.

Even with Hugh Jackman singing, Robert Reich lecturing, and an attack on Fox News, “The Simpsons” ended the 2022 season with a whimper. This week’s total viewers were the lowest ever, just 927,000.

The show is renewed by Fox for two more seasons. But if the ratings continue in this steep decline, 35 seasons will be the limit. Of course, that’s a huge record and nothing to be embarrassed about. The Simpsons will live on in syndication well after our lifetimes.

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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