Magician Episode Performs “Disappearing Audience” Trick

dohLast night’s magician-themed episode got 4.996 million viewers, the first time a Simpsons episode has gotten less than 5 million viewers in its original airing (it still did better than NBC’s Next Great American Restaurant, though… yeesh!). More evidence of the nation’s seething hatred for magicians? [TV by the Numbers via Dead Homer Society]