Gaga makes Michael Jackson-like history on The Simpsons + ratings
Gaga joins an extremely long list of superstar musicians who played a guest role on the show. Some of those include Aerosmith, Sting, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, James Brown, Peter Frampton, Cypress Hill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., U2, Dolly Parton, Elton John, The B52’s, Willie Nelson, The Who, *N Sync, R.E.M., Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Blink 182, “Weird Al” Yankovic, 50 Cent, Fantasia Barrino, Mandy Moore, Metallica, The White Stripes, Ludacris, Lionel Richie, Ted Nugent, Fallout Boy, Coldplay, and Katy Perry.
In the episode, “Lisa Goes Gaga” Lady Gaga passes through Springfield via train while on her way to a concert; when she sees how low the city’s self esteem is, she takes it up herself to cheer the whole city up. However, no one in town is more depressed than Lisa, who was voted Most Unpopular Student by her peers. She tries to reverse her status as one of the least popular girls in school by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog under the heading “Truth Teller”. When Bart finds out her secret and reveals it to the school, her social ranking plummets to a new low – until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help immediately. After much soul searching and yelling at Lady Gaga for trying to help, Lisa realizes that her outburst helped her because she is finally expressing her anger instead of bottling it up inside her (referring to Lisa tearfully telling Homer and Marge that she never began sobbing at home over her lonely status unless she knew they were both asleep), in effect making Gaga’s mission successful. Lisa then catches Gaga just before she leaves town to apologize, and after being forgiven Lisa and Gaga perform a duet together. With Gaga’s assistance, Lisa and the entire town of Springfield realize that being yourself is better than being like anyone else.
However, not since Michael Jackson’s legendary secret guest appearance (credited as John Jay Smith) has a musician possibly had such a large impact on an episode’s story. Fans will remember that Michael appeared on the Season 3 premiere, “Stark Raving Dad” from September of 1991. In that episode Michael playing the role of some one who believes himself to be “Michael Jackson” from a mental hospital. He forges a bond with first Homer, and then Bart Simpson. Lady Gaga’s episode has something in common with Michael Jackson’s episode, each of them feature original songs dedicated to Lisa Simpson. “Stark Raving Dad” features Michael Jackson performing the duet, “Happy Birthday Lisa” with Nancy Cartwright. (Voice of Bart Simpson) “Lisa Goes Gaga” features two songs directed at Lisa, “Little Monsters” and “Superstar”, which is a duet with Yeardley Smith. (Voice of Lisa Simpson) Below you will find a cool behind the scenes video with Simpsons creator, Matt Groening and Lady Gag taking about the uniqueness of the “Lisa Goes Gaga” episode from Fox.com!
Congrats to you Lady Gaga for finding such a cool way to make TV history!
Billboard Music Awards rating:
With its scripted fare already off for the summer, ABC brought home another Sunday win last night with the Billboard Music Awards. Although down three-tenths of a point in its demo rating from last year, tying it with the 2006 low, fast affiliate numbers give the three-hour broadcast the night's strongest adults 18-49 performance with a 2.7 rating and 7.4 million viewers. With a lead-in from the America's Funniest Home Videos finale, down a tenth from last year (and last week) with a 1.5 adults rating, the network earned a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers.
Fox saw some growth with finales during the animation block. After an encore of The Simpsons, an original episode of the veteran series rose 11 percent for a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. An hourlong Family Guy also grew one-tenth of a point for a 2.5 rating in the demo. The Cleveland Show was steady with a 1.3 among 18-49-ers, while Bob's Burgersslipped just one-tenth for a 1.7. The network averaged a 1.9 adults rating for the night and 4.1 million viewers.
Encores of America's Got Talent led into the two-hour Celebrity Apprentice finale on NBC. The series managed to grow nearly half a point with its adults 18-49 rating from the previous week, but it was down 27 percent from the previous season's 3.0, making it the lowest finale for the franchise. NBC earned a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 overall, with 5.6 million viewers.