‘Family Guy’ Had Its Biggest Premiere Ratings In 4 Years Thanks to ‘Simpsons’ Crossover
Last night’s Family Guy-Simpsons crossover episode was expectedly a hit on Sunday night.
The episode, which acted as Family Guy‘s season opener, resulted in a 74% ratings increase over last year’s premiere and gave the animated show its highest 18-49 ratings in nearly 4 years.
In all, the episode, which saw Family Guy characters invade Springfield, notched 8.4 million viewers and an impressive 4.5 rating among adults 18-49.
The subhead here: Crossovers, they pay off.
When asked by reporters last week, however, if they saw another meeting of the Simpsons and the Giffins in the cards, executive producers Steve Callaghan and Rich Appel were doubtful. “If it were going to happen, it would have to be years in the future,” Callaghan said.
Appel added: “I think our children would have to write that episode.”
The Simpsons, meanwhile, which aired at 8 p.m. ET also saw success with an episode that bid farewell to a beloved (if not slightly insignificant) character, garnering 8.5 million viewers and a 3.9 rating in the demo. Overall, the show was up 34% in the ratings from last season’s premiere.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, by the way, which was wedged between the two animated shows, benefitted from the smart scheduling, with 5.4 million viewers and a 2.6 rating. These numbers are much more on par with what the zany comedy deserves and mark an impressive 100% increase in the demo for the Andy Samberg-led comedy.
The success of Fox’s lineup didn’t spell disaster for ABC’s Once Upon a Time, however, which debuted characters from Frozen in last night’s episode. Once delivered 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating, up 31% from last fall.
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