I'm pretty sure every sitcom has done a "We're a Nielsen Family" episode at one point or another. I can think of three off the top of my head. Back in the day, all television shows were beholden to the Nielsen Ratings. You can totally understand why a show would want to play with that power dynamic, turn it on its head. The hunter becomes the hunted. Etc.
This premiere directly followed the deflated Simpsons premiere, and what a dismaying experience that was for the viewer. I'm not asking for realism from a show that frequently features lengthy, nonsensical fight sequences with a giant humanoid chicken. But I do ask for some kind of reality check when the Griffin family decides to climb Mount Everest just to try and top a family of show-offs.