Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Slips; BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and MULANEY Tick Up

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TV ratings are in for Sunday, October 12th, though as per usual CBS’ preliminary numbers aren’t useful due to NFL overrun.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • ABC’s Frozen-infused season of Once Upon a Time continues to do fairly well, but this week’s episode slipped 21% to a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 7.73 million viewers.  Resurrection fell 30% to a series low 1.4 rating and scored 5.47 million viewers, while Revenge tied its series low with a 1.2 rating and 4.59 million viewers for a drop of 14%.
  • Over on Fox, things are looking up after last week’s dire performanceThe Simpsons was up 65% versus last week with a 3.3 rating and 7.34 million viewers.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine rose 31% to a 2.1 rating and 4.52 million viewers, and new comedy Mulaney (it’s really not that bad!) was up 10% to a 1.2 rating in the demo and 2.19 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: Fox Comedies Falter; ONCE UPON A TIME Holds Strong

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TV ratings for Sunday, October 5th are in, though CBS’ preliminary numbers are again useless due to football overrun.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Following last week’s impressive ratings for the big Family Guy/The Simpsons, Fox’s Sunday night comedies were all way down.  The series premiere of Mulaney—which I seemed to enjoy more than most—debuted to a low 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.34 million viewers.  That’s not great, but in comparison to Fox’s other shows it isn’t exactly a death sentence just yet.  Bob’s Burgers premiered to a 1.4 rating and 3.16 million viewers, down from last season’s 2.2 rating, while Family Guy dropped huge from last week’s 4.5 rating to a 1.9 rating and 3.68 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on Fox, The Simpsons was down from a 3.9 rating to a 2.0 rating and 4.32 million viewers, and the excellent Brooklyn Nine-Nine dropped a full ratings point from last week’s 2.6 to a 1.6 rating and 3.31 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, however, Once Upon a Time showed a strong hold from its premiere, dropping just six tenths to a 3.1 rating and 8.6 million viewers.  Resurrection dropped seven tenths to a 1.8 rating and 6.15 million viewers and Revenge dipped two tenths to a 1.3 rating and 4.89 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY/SIMPSONS Crossover Tops the Night; ONCE and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Return Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, September 28th are in, though CBS’ preliminary numbers are inflated due to NFL overrun and therefore useless for now.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s season premiere of The Simpsons was up 34% from the previous season premiere with a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.5 million viewers, but it was the hourlong Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover that owned the night.  The episode—which acted as Family Guy’s season premeire—notched an impressive 4.5 rating in the demo and scored 8.39 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on Fox, the season two premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (read Evan’s recap here) was up 100% from the season one finale’s 1.3 rating, hitting a 2.6 rating in the demo and scoring 5.45 million viewers.  Excellent news for an excellent show.
  • Over on ABC, the Frozen-infused fourth season of Once Upon a Time got off to a solid start with a 3.4 rating and 9.34 million viewers, up 31% from the season three premiere and 48% from the finale.
  • Also on ABC, the season two premiere of Resurrection was up 5% from the finale with a 2.2 rating and 7.57 million viewers, while the season four premiere of Revenge was even with its finale with a 1.4 rating and 5.26 million viewers.

Showrunner Al Jean Talks THE SIMPSONS Marathon on FXX, Running Original Versions of the Episodes, the Show’s Evolution, the FUTURAMA Crossover, and More

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Starting on August 21st, every episode of The Simpsons will air in a 12-day marathon on FXX.  Whether you’re a fan who wants to relive the experience from the beginning, or you’ve never had the chance to check out the show before, you can experience every laugh, every guest appearance, and every classic moment.

During this recent interview to promote the upcoming marathon, executive producer/showrunner Al Jean talked about what it’s like to be involved with a show for so many years that they can have a 12-day marathon, that it’s not medically advisable to stay up to watch the entire marathon while it’s airing, that they’ll be running the original version of the episodes, as opposed to the shorter syndicated version, whether they’d ever do a movie sequel, how the show has evolved over the past 25 years, that there’s still a real life to the series, where The Simpsons fits into the television landscape as a whole, and pulling off The Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode that will air in November on Fox.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

FXX to Air All 25 Seasons of THE SIMPSONS in Chronological Order for Longest Marathon in TV History

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The Simpsons fans rejoiced when news broke that FX’s new specialty (ie. comedy-centric) channel FXX nabbed the syndication rights to all episodes of the legendary animated series, and now there’s reason to celebrate once again.  FXX announced today that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st.  The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history.  Starting September 2nd, Simpsons episodes will be in heavy, regular rotation on FXX.

Hit the jump for more, including how you can access every full-length The Simpsons episode on demand.

First Images from THE SIMPSONS/FAMILY GUY Crossover Episode “The Simpsons Guy”

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Fox confirmed at today’s Upfronts that the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy,” will air in September.  The Griffins end up in Springfield and pair off with their Simpsons counterparts.  Stewie becomes obsessed with Bart.  Lisa befriends Meg.  Marge and Lois bond.  Peter and Homer fight over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

Family Guy enters season 13 and The Simpsons returns for an amazing 26th season in the fall.  Click here for Fox’s full fall schedule, announced today, and hit the jump to check out two images from “The Simpsons Guy.”

Sunday TV Ratings: ROSEMARY’S BABY Falls Short; ONCE UPON A TIME Rises

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 11th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The first installment of NBC’s miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby failed to draw in a big audience, garnering a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring just 3.67 million viewers.  Perhaps the dismal reviews had something to do with those numbers.
  • ABC’s Frozen-teasing season finale of Once Upon a Time rose 5% to a 2.2 rating and scored 6.5 million viewers, while Revenge was up 15% for its season finale with a 1.5 rating and 4.9 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers dropped 18% to a 0.9 rating and 2.02 million viewers, American Dad was down 15% to a 1.1 rating and 2.38 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 20% to a 1.6 rating and 3.61 million viewers, Family Guy dipped 5% to a 2.1 rating and 4.12 million viewers, and Cosmos took a dive of 25% to a 1.2 rating and notched 3.47 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife was up 9% to a 1.2 rating and 8.68 million viewers, while The Mentalist matched last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 8.63 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE SIMPSONS Gets a Boost from LEGO Episode; ONCE UPON A TIME Dips

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 4th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • A LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons rose three tenths to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.29 million viewers.  Elsewhere on Fox, American Dad was up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 2.56 million viewers, Family Guy ticked up a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 4.35 million viewers, and Cosmos rose two tenths to a 1.6 rating and 4.15 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 6.7 million viewers, Resurrection ticked up a tenth to a 2.0 rating and 7.87 million viewers for its season finale, and Revenge was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 5.02 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife dipped one tenth to a 1.2 rating and 9.09 million viewers, while the likely-to-be-cancelled The Mentalist matched last week’s series low-tying 1.2 rating and notched 8.52 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 4.27 million viewers and Crisis was even with last week’s 1.0 rating and garnered 3.58 million viewers.

THE SIMPSONS: “Brick Like Me” Review

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The Simpsons will always be one of my favorite TV shows.  I grew up with it in its heyday.  The jokes still hold up (if you’re on Twitter, I encourage you to follow @SimpsonsQOTD), and the show has firmly cemented its place in television history not just because of its longevity, but because it had an uncanny knack for timeless satire.  The joke, “To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems,” will always work, and it needs to because unless you’re South Park or resort to shortcuts like Family Guy, animation can’t move fast enough to catch up with the present times.   All of that being said, I haven’t watched a new episode of The Simpsons in a very long time because I feel the show’s quality has dramatically plummeted over the past 15 years.  So what happens when a long-running show meets a long-running toy line like LEGO?  An episode that’s constantly on the defensive and retreading familiar ground.

Trailer for THE SIMPSONS LEGO Episode “Brick Like Me”

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This Sunday, The Simpsons will be going LEGO with the episode “Brick Like Me”.  In the episode, Homer awakens to find himself, his family, and the rest of Springfield made entirely out of LEGO bricks.  When he touches a Perky Patty’s Princess Shop LEGO set, it triggers a vision of his normal reality, so he’s forced to figure out what’s going on.

Hit the jump to check out The Simpsons LEGO trailer.  “Brick Like Me” will air Sunday, May 4th at 8/7c on Fox.

Sunday TV Ratings: BOB’S BURGERS and ONCE UPON A TIME Rise; REVENGE Drops to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 27th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers rose 83% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo last night, also scoring 2.44 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, American Dad rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 2.54 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and 3.38 million viewers, Family Guy matched last week’s 2.1 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers, and Cosmos was even with last week’s 1.4 rating and scored 3.64 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time rose 24% to a 2.1 rating and notched 6.91 million viewers, Resurrection dropped 10% to a series low 1.9 rating and 7.46 million viewers, and Revenge dipped 8% to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.94 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and notched 9.26 million viewers, and The Mentalist dropped 14% to a series low-tying 1.2 rating and scored 8.68 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 4.93 million viewers, while Crisis rose 11% to a 1.0 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers.

TV Spot and 10 Images for the Upcoming LEGO SIMPSONS Episode “Brick Like Me”

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Earlier this year, LEGO released a 2,523 piece The Simpsons house, and they’ve now released Simpsons minifigures.  And next month, the long-running animated TV series will be going LEGO on the show’s 550th episode “Brick Like Me”.  In the episode, Homer wakes up in a LEGO Springfield, and he must figure out how he got there and how to get back to the safe confines of his 2D world.  I can’t remember the last time I tuned in to watch The Simpsons, but I’ll definitely be watching this episode.

Hit the jump to check out the LEGO Simpsons images and TV spot.  “Brick Like Me” will air on May 4th.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY Tops the Demo; ONCE UPON A TIME Falls to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 13th are in, though CBS’ early numbers aren’t helpful since the programming suffered a delay due to The Masters tournament.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Family Guy scored the night’s highest ratings in the 18-49 demo with a 2.1 rating and 4.28 million viewers, though it was down 9% from last week’s episode.  Elsewhere on the network, Bob’s Burgers fell 11% to a 0.8 rating and 1.89 million viewers, American Dad dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating and 2.33 million viewers, The Simpsons dipped 16% to a 1.6 rating and 3.59 million viewers, and the excellent Cosmos notched a 1.2 rating and 3.5 million viewers for a drop of 20%.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time was down 21% to 1.9 rating and 6.25 million viewers, which ties its series low.  Resurrection dropped 9% to its own series low 2.0 rating and 7.12 million viewers, and Revenge matched last week’s series low with a 1.3 rating and 5.11 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 4.36 million viewers, while Crisis ticked up 10% to a 1.1 rating and 4.02 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: GAME OF THRONES Premiere Scores Highest HBO Ratings Since THE SOPRANOS Finale

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in, and unsurprisingly HBO has a stellar night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones scored a record 6.6 million viewers, which is up a whopping 2.2 million from last year’s 4.4 million premiere.  Adding in the encore’s 1.6 million viewers, the show totaled 8.2 million viewers on Sunday night.  The opener topped the previous Game of Thrones record of 5.5 million, which it hit in the third episode of season three, and last night’s episode was the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of The Sopranos.
  • Additionally, the series premiere of the excellent new comedy series Silicon Valley brought in 2 million viewers, scoring the network’s biggest half-hour launch since 2009’s Hung.  The season three premiere of Veep (also fantastic) averaged 1 million viewers, which is even with its season two finale.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, April 6th, including Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Family Guy, and more.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE WALKING DEAD Ends Season with Strong 15.7 Million Viewers, But Down from Premiere; BELIEVE and CRISIS Drop

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • AMC closed out its fourth season finale of The Walking Dead last night to the tune of 15.7 million viewers, which is a finale record for the show.  This is the first time in the series’ history that its finale numbers were lower than its premiere numbers, as the season four premiere scored 16.2 million viewers.  That said, 15.7 million viewers is nothing to scoff at—especially on cable TV.  Read Dave’s full recap here.
  • NBC’s new drama series, however, did not do so hot.  Believe dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.81 million viewers, and Crisis was down 23% to a 1.0 rating and 4.32 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, March 30th, including Resurrection, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Once Upon a Time, and more.

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