February 4, 2013
The plot: The family attends Hals family picnic where Hal tries to avoid his new boss, with whom theres not-so-good history; Lois clashes with a feuding couple (played by Susan Sarandon and Jane Kaczmareks real-life hubby Bradley Whitford); and Malcolm runs into an old crush.
How many watched: 21.4 million
Touchdown or fumble: Touchdown for Malcolm. Viewership for the Fox comedy shot up 70% from its season average. For the post- Super Bowl slot? Lets just say that the year prior drew more than 45 million to the Season Two premiere of Survivor.
-- Denise Martin, LATimes.com