Home Television Roseanne Spin-Off “The Conners” Jumped 1 Mil Viewers in Ratings With Live...

First of all, I didn’t realize that Katey Sagal’s appearance last night on “The Conners” was her ninth. Has ABC promoted this at all? The famed “Married with Children” star plays Louise, the waitress whom Dan (John Goodman) is dating after the death of his wife, Roseanne.

Roseanne Barr has really been replaced for good on her show. Last night, Dan and Louise broke up, and she left town, because he’s still not “over” Roseanne. But Sagal is too good not to have her return. My guess is she will marry Dan. Barr must be livid.

Last night’s episode was LIVE, and used cut ins from ABC News about the New Hampshire primary. The result was a JUMP of 1 million viewers, to give the series its best ratings this season– 6.3 million people, and a 25% increase in the key demo. I watched it LIVE on Jet Blue and was very impressed, although Goodman’s health always seems fragile. He’s gained back a little weight, which is good, but his breathing is a concern. He’s a national treasure, so I hope he’s ok.

All in all, “The Conners” was very strong last night. The kids have gotten better, much more comfortable. Laurie Metcalf is wonderful, as always. I really like Lecy Goranson. She’s also much improved and very engaging. Michael Fishman also seems more relaxed.

Maybe “The Conners” should go live during every sweeps period. Metcalf is a Tony winning actress, they know how to do this very well.

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