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April 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox TV threw itself a 25th anniversary party on Sunday night, but relatively few people showed up. At 7:00 p.m. it aired the original pilot for its classic, long-running series Married … With Children, its first big sitcom hit. But only 2.9 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen Research. A half-hour later, it aired the original pilot for The Simpson, with just 3.2 million viewers tuning in. Then, for the next two hours, it carried the main feature of the night, its 25th Anniversary Special, featuring some of the stars from Fox’s hit shows over the quarter-century, including Ally McBeal, Beverly Hills, 90210, and The X-Files. But if their shows had garnered the low ratings that the special did — 4.3 million total viewers watched — it is unlikely that they would ever have been invited to appear on such a special. Once again, CBS’s 60 Minutes was the Sunday-night ratings champ with 12.7 million viewers.