The Simpsons is still on the air after all these years, and apparently someone still watches it. Just not as many someones as used to watch it back in the show’s glory days.
When were the show’s glory days, by the way? The mid-to-late ’90s? It started petering out around 1999. And it’s been slowly declining in quality and relevance ever since.
Sunday night’s Simpsons was the bottom of the barrel, at least from a viewership standpoint. According to Nielsen, the episode”What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting” was watched by just 3.4 million people, the smallest number in the program’s 25-year history.
The bright side? The ratings number was still good enough to place the episode second on Fox’s schedule Sunday night, behind only Family Guy.
Yeah, that’s where we are now. The Simpsons is playing second-fiddle to Family Guy. The originator is getting beaten by the shameless knock-off.
This is like if Coldplay were in a battle of the bands with Radiohead and somehow Coldplay won. It’s not supposed to be like this.
How much longer will The Simpsons have to go on suffering this shameful decline? At least one more season.
Fox has picked it up for season 26 already. Is it too late for them to rethink?
Honest question: If Fox just re-ran season 25, would anyone even know the difference?
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