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Ratings: That 90's Show
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If "That 90's Show" aimed to bring viewership back to where it was in the '90s, then it failed to do so, big time. 7.58 million viewers tuned in to watch the show's timeline get hacked to bits by striking writers, delivering some of the lowest ratings on record (The Wettest Stories Ever Told: 7.04 million, Homerazzi: 6.9 million, Marge Gamer: 6.4 million, and The Way We Weren't -- another flashback episode: 6.2 million). Midnight Towboy came dangerously close to these types of figures back in October, with 7.74 million viewers.

ABC was in first place at 8pm, with 12.3 million viewers watching Home Edition, while CBS came second for the hour with Shark (11.1 million). Figure Skating on NBC delivered 5.0 million viewers and the CW trailed with 1.1 million viewers watching "Life Is Wild."

The next new episode "Love, Springfieldian Style" airs Feb 17.
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Comment #1
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 04:41 AM EST
Random Guy
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Not terribly great ratings at all. But wot show is Home Edition y did it get so many viewers? Anyways I think u did a great job in describing this ep Adam, '7.58 million viewers tuned in to watch the show's timeline get hacked to bits by striking writers' lol!
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Comment #2
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 05:31 AM EST
Adam
Administrator | 122 Posts
Home Edition is "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in short. They makeover houses, and it outrates The Simpsons every week.
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Comment #3
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 05:52 AM EST
Simpsons1134
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God what some crappy ratings for a famous TV show. The writers strike is bullshit. Also I think I gotta admit that the Simpsons are loosing their talent to make awesome TV shows as they did in the past. The very last episode which I think was okay was Funeral for a Friend, and that is dissapointing to me when I find nearly all of the simpsons episodes from season 7, 8, and 9 awesome. They should replace their writers if that strike is gonna cause more bullshit.
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Comment #4
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 06:40 AM EST
ayecurumba
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THERES A WRIITER STRIKE ?!

only 7.58 i thought that should of done better
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Comment #5
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 08:04 AM EST
Simpsons Forever!
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It's not the third lowest rated episode ever. Last season's Homerazzi got 6.9m viewers, Marge Gamer 6.4m and Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot struggled with 6.48m. It may be this season's lowest, but it's still well over a million above the very lowest rated episodes.
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Comment #6
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 09:01 AM EST
Adam
Administrator | 122 Posts
You're right, those episodes slipped by me, I'll edit the post
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Comment #7
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 09:16 AM EST
thesimpsons-
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hmmm... what can I say... There are several ways a person can look at this.
1) Bad - because there should hav been excitment in finally seeing a new episode, and it should have received better ratings.
2) Not so bad - because people are watching less Tv due to the writers strike and therefore not seeing the promos for the episode (although thats digging deep)
3) Good - That "The people from Fox" might now see that they need to back up The Simpsons with better promos

Also I will like to add this. I was reading the wikipedia article about this ep. And there was a comment that it was an "insult to life long fans" and that it was "convincing evidence that the program has overstayed its welcome" but sometimes the simpsons writers do this perposly to upset fans. (DVD commentary) and that true fans will understand this because they listen to the DVD commentary.
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Comment #8
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 09:22 AM EST
sillygostly
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I just watched it and dear God... what a CRAPPY, CRAPPY episode. The jokes were nonexistent, and the plot was just... lame, and didn't make any sense at all, not even within the timeline of the episode itself (much less the preceeding 18 seasons).

The Way We Weren't may also have butchered The Simpsons' rich legacy, but at least it made sense. This episode felt like a string of really bad plot devices that felt tacked on and completely out of place (particularly Marge's unrealistic crush on her pretentious college teacher [she looked and ACTED like Lisa :|] and Homer's singing was AWFUL and was NOT in the least bit clever).

While it's not the worst episode this season, it's certainly forgettable. I can't imagine matters improving with the next episode being yet another "what if" episode. 3/10
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Comment #9
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 09:24 AM EST
sillygostly
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And by the way, I LOVED The Principal and the Pauper as I knew exactly what the writers were up to, and surprisingly, it worked well.

That 90s Show was just bad regardless of whether or not the canon is considered legitimate.
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Comment #10
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 14:03 PM EST
WarriorNY
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This was a very pointless episode. All of a sudden the timeline does not make sense anymore! Marge and Homer were teens in the 70s and now she was in college in the 90s? Yes, cartoons don't have to make sense but that is just plain stupid! I think the show has been on the air for too long.
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Comment #11
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 14:05 PM EST
WarriorNY
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I have more to add: I liked the episode The Way We Weren't. It was cute and clever and it did NOT ruin the show's timeline (except we now know H and M's first kiss was as children and not teens).
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Comment #12
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 15:03 PM EST
rebreh
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I thought they screwed up the story that was already set in place with homer and marge. Just some quick music references though. Kurt Kobain was mentioned and the kind of parodied him with homer in the cabin. Also the song he song Margerine was a parody of Glycerine by Bush.
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Comment #13
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 16:49 PM EST
simpsonsmad-01
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Im One of the biggest fans ever!! and i really just wont the simpsons to have a break cuz by the time season 19 comes out i'll be late 20s.. and its gonna take tooo long.. They should defo relse more than 2 seasons a year.. this year only ONE! due to simpsons movie
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Comment #14
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 18:09 PM EST
HomerSim
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in my opinion that episode was terrible. I guess many people felt it was a stupid enough of an idea not to watch. I seems people are tired of Marge and Homers back day.

Remember The Way We Werent? well that got the all time low with 6.2 million viewers. http://www.simpsonschannel.com/news/monthly-archive-5-2004.html
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Comment #15
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 19:29 PM EST
noob bube55
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The ratings are not that good but not that bad either i mean we have to compete with some of the stupidest stuff and then you think about people who change the channel back and worth do they count i mean i can watch like three things at once fliping back and forth. But anyway not to bad of ratings but could have been higher

I over all think the episode was good but not the best best thise season lets hope the new episodes come with high ratings and more laughs(not that the episode didn't make me laugh)
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Comment #16
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 20:43 PM EST
swisssmarie
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The ratings are terrible! maybe not as bad as other episodes, but this shoul have gottn better.
It was an okay ep. but not favorite. I still wish there could have been some better jokes, and i really wish it didn't disrupt the timeline of the show.
i give the show a 7.5/10.
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Comment #17
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 21:23 PM EST
dohimafish
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i hated this episode... just like the others in the 19th season.

the shows r getting crappier and crappier and less and less creative...

and wait... my younger brother is 26 and he went to college in the 90's? so homer and marge r in there 20s???
wtf they screwed up the timeline. they shuda went to college in the 70's or early 80's
2/10
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Comment #18
Tuesday January 29, 2008 at 21:32 PM EST
Random Guy
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I think its all clear that The Simpsons should never do a flashback ep again. They had mostly covered everything important in the lives of Homer and Marge so I don't know y they had to twist the timeline just to make a new ep. They didn't have make this ep although somehow I did think bits were funny. Wots rong in making one less episode for the season. I mean family Guy didn't have one this week. I'm starting to think that The Simpsons ppl dun have sum1 that looks over a story line and approves or rejects it.
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Comment #19
Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 13:39 PM EST
WarriorNY
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If the episode took place in the 70s it would have been A LOT better....but there was no grunge music back then so it would have been a much different episode (and probably much more funnier too).
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Comment #20
Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 18:08 PM EST
simpsonsmad-01
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I Thought it was ok, but the 90s was too close to the present years on the simpsons.. the 70s would have been boring as i think it has already been done.. The Ep Was Ok.. Not That Bad.. I Give The Ep 8/10
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Comment #21
Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 20:33 PM EST
swisssmarie
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yes, the simpsons ppl did mess up the timeline, and no they probably won't ever do another falsback, becuz there's nothing to even cover. you would think they had done everything in the 18 years, but nope.
anyway, i've already said what i need to say, but i just hope the next episode isn't as bad as this one.
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Comment #22
Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 22:34 PM EST
zach
Standard | 300 Posts
i actually thought this was a good episode. at least its not 6 million.
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Comment #23
Thursday January 31, 2008 at 05:23 AM EST
surrendermonkey
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you have to realize though, that if you watch "The way we was" and "I married Marge", there is a 4-6 year gap where all of this could have happened. Of course, that would mean that this took place around 1977.

People have to realize that the simpsons are frozen in time. If this was to take place in the 70's, where it "should have", then Homer and Marge would be about 55 years old, Maggie would be 15, and Lisa and Bart aldults. Who wants that? It sounds nice for a change, and we have had a few "future" episodes.

As for me, I liked this episode. The Simpsons have been going on for 19 years, and they if they keep making fun of society, we are just going to have to accept that the Simpsons won't always stay the way it has been.
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Comment #24
Thursday January 31, 2008 at 15:29 PM EST
simpsonsmad-01
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I dont think it deserves all the hatred its getting of here it was a good episode.. so what they messed it up a little but it was fun, and exciting.. and i like that. and people need to get that its only a CARTOON!
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Comment #25
Saturday February 2, 2008 at 00:43 AM EST
timy2tons
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this was one of the worseed ep ever made i was hopeing weird al woud be in it. hope next ep will be good
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Comment #26
Saturday February 2, 2008 at 03:10 AM EST
Apu
Standard | 18 Posts
It wasn't THAT bad if you think about last seasons episodes. Plus, it had some good jokes here and there. I actualy really laughed hard when Marge found out the drugs Homer was using turned out to be incilen. Plus, Weird Al was in it. And cut them some slack! they're going through a writers strike and this is their 19th year on air!
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Comment #27
Saturday February 2, 2008 at 11:39 AM EST
timy2tons
Standard | 9 Posts
it was funny at some parts so ill give it a 9out of 10 it was still the woreed simpsons ep ever made.
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Comment #28
Sunday February 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM EST
timy2tons
Standard | 9 Posts
i bet that next ep will get 6.66 millon
be case of this ep
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Comment #29
Sunday February 3, 2008 at 21:50 PM EST
swisssmarie
Standard | 487 Posts
are the simpsons really going through the writers srike? if they aren't then none of that has to do with it.

this show was good, i liked it, but i still don't get why they had to have another flashback, like i said, they didn't really need to cover that she went to college. but who cares, it was still a good ep.
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Comment #30
Monday February 4, 2008 at 01:06 AM EST
surrendermonkey
Standard | 3 Posts
the reason that the simpsons are getting less viewers is advertising, not the quality of the episode. its not like the movies where the movie is showed a lot of times and very few people watch it because other people said it was bad.

but for the simpsons, the number of viewers is only counted for the premiere. Either you watch it or you dont. nobody is tell you to watch the episode because they know it is good. Therefore, it is up to advertising to tell people that they should watch the episode.
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Comment #31
Monday February 4, 2008 at 15:08 PM EST
DB93
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Hmmm not good at all, probably because they keep taking long breaks between episodes and as numerous people have said FOX no longer advertises The Simpsons as much. Eeeeeeek.
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Comment #32
Wednesday February 6, 2008 at 01:20 AM EST
swisssmarie
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i'm serious no one is going to watch the show if they don't know that it is on. FOX seriously needs to advertise more.

i also agree that they keep having to many commercials during the show. they need to make the episode longer, more people will watch.
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Comment #33
Wednesday February 6, 2008 at 18:35 PM EST
OlyHomer
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I thought this episode was hilarious. Has the timeline for the Simpsons ever made any sense? Ever since way back when they said Marge got pregnant with Bart in high school. Yet they are in their late 30's and Bart is 10. I think they were purposely blowing up the timeline because it's a cartoon and they mocked themselves. Homer talked about Futurama at the beginning. They mocked themselves. It was them taking a shot at the 90s.
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Comment #34
Wednesday February 6, 2008 at 21:38 PM EST
DB93
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swisss- I can see your point but I actually meant the breaks between episodes, at the moment they're having three week intervals. That's not very good, only 4 episodes in three months.
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Comment #35
Saturday February 9, 2008 at 14:44 PM EST
chris
Standard | 2 Posts
I have seen this episode on Fox and it was rubbish
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