Zombie Simpsons Rocked by Family Guy Spinoff

Ahh, the sweet cleansing feeling of numbers.  Zombie Simpsons scored the lowest season premier in its history last night, inflicting itself upon a mere 8.21 million people.  The Cleveland Show, premiering directly afterwards, increased the ratings by more than a million people (to 9.42).  (Family Guy itself checked in at 10.17 million.)  There are at least a million Americans out there who’ve become so turned off by Zombie Simpsons that they didn’t even watch it while waiting for the latest from Seth MacFarlane.  Excellent.

For historical comparison sake, here are the last five season premiers of Zombie Simpsons:

Season 16 (Treehouse of Horror XV) – 7 Nov 04 – 11.2 Million Viewers
Season 17 (The Bonfire of the Manatees) – 11 Sep 05 – 9.6 Million Viewers
Season 18 (The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer) – 10 Sep 06 – 11.5 Million Viewers
Season 19 (He Loves to Fly and He D’Ohs) – 23 Sep 09 – 9.43 Million Viewers
Season 20 (Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes) – 28 Sep 09 – 9.43 Million Viewers

It’s not the world’s most consistent downward trend, but it’s definitely moving in the right direction.  Plus, Zombie Simpsons tends to start relatively strong in the fall and then peter out after New Year’s.  (I like to think that its crappiness wears the audience down.)  For example, last year the eight episodes broadcast before New Year’s averaged 8.66 million viewers; the twelve broadcast after New Year’s averaged only 6.17 million viewers.  So a start of only 8.21 is encouraging, to say the least.

Of course, this is all pointless.  The first time ratings are all but meaningless and we all know where the real money is made.  But it is fun and I do like to see Zombie Simpsons humiliated.

As always, all numbers from the indispensable TV by the Numbers.

6 Responses to “Zombie Simpsons Rocked by Family Guy Spinoff”

  1. 29 September 2009 at 7:59 am

    “Season 16 (Treehouse of Horror XV) – 7 Nov 04 – 11.2 Million Viewers
    Season 17 (The Bonfire of the Manatees) – 11 Sep 05 – 9.6 Million Viewers
    Season 18 (The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer) – 10 Sep 06 – 11.5 Million Viewers
    Season 19 (He Loves to Fly and He D’Ohs) – 23 Sep 09 – 9.43 Million Viewers
    Season 20 (Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes) – 28 Sep 09 – 9.43 Million Viewers”

    Jesus Christ, what happened to episode titles like “Bart Gets an F,” “Lisa’s Pony” or “Homer at the Bat”?? Looking at those laboured, unfunny episode titles makes me wonder: do you think the writers come up with the stories first and then the titles, or do they came up with convoluted titles and then the shitty “plots” to match them??

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      29 September 2009 at 9:07 am

      They’re all puns now, whereas in the before time only a few of them were puns. Take a look at Season 19:

      He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs
      The Homer of Seville
      Midnight Towboy
      I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
      Treehouse of Horror XVIII
      Little Orphan Millie
      Husbands and Knives
      Funeral for a Fiend
      Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind
      E. Pluribus Wiggum
      That ’90s Show
      Love, Springfieldian Style
      The Debarted
      Dial ‘N’ for Nerder
      Smoke on the Daughter
      Papa Don’t Leech
      Apocalypse Cow
      Any Given Sundance
      Mona Leaves-a
      All About Lisa

      With the exception of ToH (duh) every single one of those is a pun on an existing phrase or title. By way of example, here is Season 5:

      Homer’s Barbershop Quartet
      Cape Feare
      Homer Goes to College
      Treehouse of Horror IV
      Marge on the Lam
      Bart’s Inner Child
      Boy-Scoutz ‘N the Hood
      The Last Temptation of Homer
      $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
      Homer the Vigilante
      Bart Gets Famous
      Homer and Apu
      Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
      Deep Space Homer
      Homer Loves Flanders
      Bart Gets an Elephant
      Burns’ Heir
      Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song
      The Boy Who Knew Too Much
      Lady Bouvier’s Lover
      Secrets of a Successful Marriage

      That’s 22 titles of which, depending on how you count, about six or seven are puns or a reworking of a famous title. The difference is pretty stark. Zombie Simpsons is basically paint by number, they already have a basic outline and each week they fill the necessary parts. “Cute Title” is just one more item on the checklist.

  2. 3 P. Piggly Hogswine
    29 September 2009 at 6:26 pm

    “Apocalypse Cow”… *shudders*

    The day the show died for me was when I saw ‘Bart the Mother’, I never imagined the show could get worse. I was wrong, that cow episode was the biggest load of balls that I’ve seen in the show’s history, and there’s been plenty of shit piles this decade, as we all know. If anyone here hasn’t seen that episode, let me suggest that you cook up some grilled cow shit instead, it’s better for you.

    • 4 Charlie Sweatpants
      29 September 2009 at 6:32 pm

      I’ve seen about five minutes of it, something about Bart marrying a hillbilly girl to save a cow. I hadn’t been drinking but I’m pretty sure I blacked out anyway.

  3. 29 September 2009 at 10:27 pm

    If I’m right, it wasn’t until season 10 that the show deigned to have an episode title with the word “d’oh” in it. Since then, most seasons have had at least one episode title following suit, and man, as lazy puns go, don’t they look lame:

    Season 10: D’oh-in’ in the Wind
    Season 11: Days of Wine and D’oh’ses
    Season 14: C. E. D’oh
    Season 17: We’re on the Road to D’ohwere
    Season 18: G.I. D’oh
    Season 19: He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs
    Season 20: Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh
    Season 21: The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed

    If these trends continue, we can assume that future episodes will have shitty titles like “Tae Kwan D’oh,” “D’oh, D’oh, D’oh Your Boat,” “D’oh Me The Money,” “Let My People D’oh,” “D’ohn’t Go There,” “There’s No Business Like D’oh Business,” etc. I better stop in case Al Jean comes across these and he starts actually using them.

    • 6 P. Piggly Hogswine
      30 September 2009 at 6:12 am

      They probably start with the title now and work their episode plot around that. Maybe they could re-introduce the karate instructor back into the show for the Tae Kwan D’oh and the Sea Captain for the second? Shouldn’t laugh, it’ll probably happen, as you say.

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