Friday, June 21, 2024

Why Is ABC Killing This Show? “The Conners” Drops to Lowest Numbers Ever, Another 16%, Total 31% Since End of Last Season


Something extraordinary is going on at ABC. They’re actually killing their top rated comedy on purpose.

When we left “The Conners” last May for their season finale, they had 6 million viewers. They were ABC’s biggest prime time comedy. The show aired, as it had for two seasons, on Tuesdays at 8pm.

When we returned last week, “The Conners” had moved to Wednesdays at 9pm. This seemed like a strange choice. Why make it later? And on another day? The ratings proved a disaster: down to 4.9 million. Lowest numbers ever.

Last night, a new low on week 2, “The Conners” dropped to 4.1 million viewers, again at 9pm on Wednesday. The total loss from last season is 31%. It’s 16% more from last week.

You could argue that “The Conners” still won its time slot at 9pm. But its key demo is shrinking, and the audience is skewing much older than before.

If “The Conners” numbers keep falling, and ABC does nothing, it would seem like they’re trying to get the show cancelled. Weird, since they fought so hard for it after Roseanne Barr’s big scandal.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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