...But compared to the episodes that came before the event, the overall quality of the series still dropped.
The crummy season turned a lot of viewers off from the series
Alice: "This show has gotten worse since I had left." Bob: "No, it's just-" Announcer: "Next week, Bob jumps his motorcycle over a tank of sharks! Will he make it?" Bob: "Alright, you may have a point."
Zig Zagged: The episode quality varies widely after a large event.