Ratings for ‘The Conners’ Take a Nosedive After the Spinoff Killed Off Roseanne in Its Premiere

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As the new “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Conners,” took off into its second week, it also took a nosedive in viewership.

The sitcom has the same cast and setting except for their main star, Roseanne Barr.

ABC quickly booted Barr after she tweeted a racially targeted tweet toward former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, writing in a since-deleted tweet, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

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However, the network was able to come to an agreement with the remaining actors to go on with the spinoff.

The premiere of “The Conners” brought in 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, according to Entertainment Weekly — which is 55 percent less than the premiere of “Roseanne” this past spring.

The ratings then dropped for the show’s second week, as it “was down 29% in 18-49 (-26% from the fast national) and down 26% in viewers from the premiere,” according to Deadline.

“Roseanne” was also down 25 percent in the 18-49 age group and down 16 percent in viewers in its second week following its premiere.

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Actor John Goodman, who played Roseanne’s husband on the show, previously shared that “it felt great to be back” but that there was a “hollow center” with the writers killing off Roseanne by an opioid overdose.

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Barr voiced her displeasure with the writers’ decision to kill her off in the first episode, writing in a since-deleted tweet, “I AIN’T DEAD, B***HES!!!!”

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Luna
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Luna

When you fired Roseanne you killed the show it will NEVER be a show without her! I’m not watching the Connors without Roseanne it just isn’t funny and I’m affended at the morbid way you killed her off by saying she was a druggy and overdosed on opioids! Really!!

Marietta
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Roseanne Barr was the glue that held that show together. The network screwed up big time, just to appease the loony left. When they realize that type of thinking is damaging their bottom line, the loons will lose their power.

Stuart
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Stuart

Duh, no Roseanne, no show, how much plainer can that be.

I. Chin
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from a future edition of The Probing Finger: “ABC cancels The Conners After Four Episodes” An unnamed character blames the cancellation on a vast right-wing conspiracy to NOT watch. (or maybe the show just sucked)

Julie Miller
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Good article concise clear and TRUTHFUL even had accurate quotes IMPRESSIVE and yea conners suck hopefully abc will FIX their mistake

I. Chin
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Julie, I hope your optimism is rewarded, but I just don’t see HOW, unless it admits its error and brings back Roseanne. There are lots of ways to do that IF they are willing and she is.

Thomas Crumbum
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Thomas Crumbum

You’ll buy time to figure out how you can bring her back. Like maybe. Everybody dies in an accident and they come back in a paradise where they figure out the mysteries of life. With Roseanne to greet them! Could be endless! A real cash cow. Eventually you’ll figure it out and curiosity they say killed the cat. All the cool cats will be tuning in!

Mary Ann miller
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Mary Ann miller

Have them wakebup and make it seem like a bad dream.

I. Chin
Member

Shades of Dallas.

Marietta
Guest

Have Roseann wake up in the hospital from bladder surgery and the whole thing was a bad dream from the anesthesia.

I. Chin
Member

Thomas, writers kill and “resurrect” characters all the time.

Alternatively, have Roseanne reincarnated as a talking car (it’s been done), animal (shades of Mr. Ed), or possess the body of a completely different actor/actress (the tranny appeal is there). Have the real Roseanne do voiceovers.

Tom
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Tom

Screwtape the talking car show that would fit was My Mother the Car.

I. Chin
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Thanks Tom, but I knew that Mom came back as a 1928 Porter (according to the show’s theme) instead of a man-eating alligator. I actually watched a few episodes when it first aired, but decided it was just too stupid.

fun trivia: TV Guide rated it the 2nd-worst show idea after Jerry Springer.

I. Chin
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Oddly notifications of your replies show up “anonymously”, but that may be a result of your “guest” status.

Thomas Crumbum
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Thomas Crumbum

There’s only one answer, forgive and forget. That’s what most families do that want to stay sane. Benjamin Franklin said it best. If we don’t hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately!
Bring Rose back as a ghost. Where she somehow helps them out of Jam and where even she has to eat humble pie sometimes and forgive and forget, as a ghost of course. Sort of like always an angel. Wrong title I’m sure. With Della Reese and the Irish actor ess! It’ll work and time to figure bring

I. Chin
Member

Ghost? How Halloween. It would be much more contemporary to bring her back as a zombie, then have her proceed to “zombify” the family, one-by-one.

The writers “killed” her character but if they are REALLY creative there’s always the mechanism of flashbacks.

Any of this depends on whether Roseanne is willing to guest. That’s a huge IF.

I. Chin
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Hmm, maybe there’s a reason the original show and its follow-up were both named “Roseanne”. Ya think?

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