“The Conners” scored 10,458,000 viewers in its debut, considerably below the “Roseanne” premiere of 17 million last spring. It was beaten handily by “NCIS” with 11.6 million.
Realistically, “The Conners” was a hit, even with the loss to “NCIS.” There isn’t a comedy out there that wouldn’t covet the numbers they got. “The Conners” scored an 8 in the key demo of Men, ages 18-49, the highest of all shows last night. John Goodman’s fans found him, which is always great. Among women in the key demo, “The Conners” scored an 11 and tied with the NBC hit “This is Us.”
Remember, “The Conners” was never going to score the gargantuan ratings of the “Roseanne” reboot last spring. And I’ve got a feeling their numbers will be steady now, and not drop off as the “Roseanne” show did. Plus, Goodman and Metcalf are just sensational, and the whole show was excellent.