Sep 29, 2018

"The Simpsons" reaches 30 season benchmark amid viewership decline

The Simpsons. Fox via AP

The Simpsons, along with 12 other shows, are entering at least their 10th season, which is experts believe is a modern day record despite viewership declining by more than 70%, reports Steven Zeitchik of the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Though some would say the Simpsons, entering its 30th season are dying, Zeitchik writes, the criterion for the renewal of a show has changed from what it was. Networks weigh streaming potential and the ability to sell a show overseas heavily and The Simpsons still fits the mold.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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