Continuing this topic, February Sweeps is over for Sunday evening, and there was only ONE new episode each of THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY on FOX.
Over the four Sundays of February 2009 (Feb. 01, 08, 15, and 22), new episodes aired only on the 15th.
But, if Sweeps is the almighty arbiter of TV ratings – and February is a Sweeps period – why were THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY not new for February 08? Can’t think of a reason… other than fewer shows being produced.
Last season, every series was impacted by the Writers Guild of America strike. As the current series I collect on DVD reveal, LOST Season Four was 13 episodes, and HEROES Season Two was only 11!
I suspect similar numbers for THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY.
But, why the small number of episodes produced THIS SEASON? …And why offer repeats during a (supposedly) sacred Sweeps period, when other series like LOST and HEROES were all new throughout?
I suppose we’ll never know… just adding to my general confusion over the “rules” (or lack thereof) of television today!
BTW, I spent Oscar Night watching a DVD episode of THE SIMPSONS from early 2000 that I’d never seen before -- rather than see "The Dark Knight" get snubbed!
…Just seemed like the right way to spend Sunday evening.