An extended mid-season break has bitten The Simpsons dearly in the ratings, with Sundays episode ‘Lisa The Drama Queen’ fetching just 5.75 million viewers at 8:00pm, a new all time low for the show. The previous record low was last season’s “Mona Leaves-a” which had 6.02 million viewers. Third place now belongs to “All About Lisa” with 6.11 million. The previous lowest ranking episode for this season was “The Burns and the Bees” which had 6.19 million viewers, now fifth least-watched of all time.
It was a slow night all around, though, with the highest watched show being 60 Minutes which had 14.8 million viewers. A repeat of Family Guy managed 6.4 million, and even a new American Dad scored 5.73 million viewers at 9.30. Fox was fourth overall as well as in the target demographic. The Simpsons was also in fourth place at 8pm.
Simpsons Channel predicts viewership will soon strike even lower, if not this season then certainly next. It’s been a tough 12 months for the show with the top 5 least watched episodes all coming from this period.