“Gimme your fortune or I’ll pound your withered old face in!” – Nelson Muntz
“Oh, I like his energy. Put him on the callback list.” – C.M. Burns
Once the overwrought couch gag finally ended, and I think it may have been longer than Avatar itself, Zombie Simpsons had a secret media conspiracy inside the Statue of Liberty. To my astonishment, it was actually funny. To no astonishment whatsoever, the rest of the episode was not. Even by the filler-rific standards of Zombie Simpsons, the last, oh, seventeen minutes or so of this episode were filler-rific. Burns’ odd suicide alone took nearly a minute, and that was before the usual round of poorly executed slapstick, long form exposition, and about three different endings, each one longer than the last.
The numbers are in and they are worse than ever. Last night’s self referential crapfest was suffered through by a mere 6.63 million viewers. That’s half a million people lower than any fall episode from last year and the second lowest fall number ever. That record, 6.19 million viewers, is held by Season 20’s “The Burns and the Bees”, and I have great hope it will not hold that title much longer. There is only one Sunday left in November, and Zombie Simpsons typically only has one or two new episodes in December before going dark for the oddball weeks around Christmas and New Year’s, so there are two or three chances.
Last week’s number, by the way, was revised down from 8.97 million to 8.83 million. Through six episodes, Season 22 is averaging a mere 7.79 million viewers. The first six episodes of Season 20 averaged 9.19 million, and Season 21’s number was 8.29 million. Notice a trend? I sure do.