A total of 5.16 million viewers watched last night’s episode ‘Four Great Women and a Manicure’, making it the least-watched episode of all time. The previous all-time low belonged to March episode ‘Lisa The Drama Queen’, which had 5.75 million viewers, so not only is it a new record, it has taken a giant beating by its own weakest episode. With such a big gap, last night’s episode is sure to remain the lowest figures for quite a while, but we’ve been surprised before. All five of the least watched episodes have now come in this, the 20th Anniversary year.
Family Guy had 6.47 million viewers at 9:00, keeping it as the number one performer for Fox on Sunday nights. King Of The Hill had 4.10 million viewers and American Dad 4.95 million, which, compared to The Simpsons at 8:00 in a more accessible timeslot is actually impressive.
Low ratings have been blamed on lots of things before, but there’s no question about it: people do not like these ‘storytelling’ episodes. They alienate the casual Simpsons viewer, who are likely to turn off or just not tune in to begin with if the stories do not interest them. Even I did not want to watch it, but for the purposes of this website I forced myself to. The show would be doing itself a favor in dropping these episodes entirely and having the season cut short one episode.
Rate the episode below, and try not to give it an ‘excellent’ grade just because Simpsons R da kewlest.
We’re also running an additional poll this week, where you can have your say on these types of episodes.